Bank and public holidays in Northern Ireland
The expected dates and days of Northern Ireland bank and public holidays for this year, and the next year, are listed below.
|Bank or Public Holiday||2022||2023|
|New Year's Day||Monday 3 January*||Monday 2 January****|
|St Patrick's Day||Thursday 17 March||Friday 17 March|
|Good Friday||Friday 15 April||Friday 7 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 18 April||Monday 10 April|
|May Day Bank Holiday||Monday 2 May||Monday 1 May|
|Spring Bank Holiday||Thursday 2 June**||Monday 29 May|
|Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday||Friday 3 June**||N/A|
|Battle of the Boyne / Orangemen's Day||Tuesday 12 July||Wednesday 12 July|
|Summer Bank Holiday||Monday 29 August||Monday 28 August|
|Christmas Day||Tuesday 27 December***||Monday 25 December|
|Boxing Day||Monday 26 December||Tuesday 26 December|
*In 2022, as New Year's Day falls on a Saturday, the public holiday is given as the following Monday (3 January 2022).
**In 2022, there is an extra bank holiday to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, this extra day is given as Friday 3 June and the Spring Bank Holiday has also been moved to Thursday 2 June 2022 to accommodate this.
***In 2022, as Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the public holiday is given as the following Tuesday (27 December 2022).
****In 2023, as New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, the public holiday is given as the following Monday (2 January 2023).
What are bank and public holidays?
Bank holidays are holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day. Public holidays are holidays which have been observed through custom and practice, such as Christmas Day.
Special bank holidays
There are laws that allow the dates of bank holidays to be changed, or other holidays to be declared, for example to celebrate special occasions. For example there is an extra bank holiday to mark The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022.
Time off for staff on bank or public holidays
As an employer, you don't have to provide paid leave on bank and public holidays, though many employers will provide this. Any right to time off or extra pay for working on a bank holiday depends on the terms of the employment contract with your employees.