Latest Save the Date: National Holidays 2018

Save the Date: National Holidays 2018

Uni life shouldn’t be shaped only after exams and semester dates, but after those national holidays that we all cherish so much. No matter where you plan to study, save these dates on your calendar and start making plans for 2018.

National holidays USA

Holidays-US

In America, you usually have 10 annual federal holidays. The following list shows the state holidays for USA 2018, but it’s good to know that when a holiday falls on a Saturday, for example, it is celebrated on the preceding Friday, but when it falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated on the following Monday.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15)
  • George Washington’s Birthday (February 19)
  • Memorial Day (May 28)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (September 3)
  • Columbus Day (October 8)
  • Veterans Day (November 12)
  • Thanksgiving Day (November 22)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

National holidays Australia

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This is the list of national and regional public holidays of Australia 2018, however, some holidays are celebrated in certain regions only and they might not be celebrated in the same way as national holidays are (as off work/study days):

  • New Year’s Day (1 January – national holiday)
  • Australia Day (January 26 – national holiday)
  • Labour Day (March 5 – Western Australia only)
  • Adelaide Cup / Canberra Day / Labour Day (March 12 in South Australia / Australian Capital Territory / Victoria and Tasmania only)
  • Good Friday (March 30 – national holiday)
  • Easter Saturday (March 31)
  • Easter Sunday (April 1)
  • Easter Monday (April 2 – national holiday)
  • Easter Tuesday (April 3 – Tasmania only)
  • Anzac Day (April 25 – national holiday)
  • Labour Day (May 7 – Queensland and Northern Territory only)
  • Western Australia Day (June 4 – Western Australia only)
  • Queen’s Birthday (June 11)
  • Picnic Day (August 6 – Northern Territory only)
  • Ekka People’s Day (August 15 – Brisbane only)
  • Queen’s Birthday (September 24 – Western Australia only)
  • Grand Final Eve (September 28)
  • Labour Day (October 1)
  • Queens Birthday (October 1 – Queensland only)
  • Family & Community Day (October 8 – Australian Capital Territory only)
  • Melbourne Cup Day (November 6 – Victoria  only)
  • Christmas Day (December 25 – national holiday)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)

Bank holidays UK

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In the UK, national holidays are called “bank holidays” and if one falls on a weekend, a substitute weekday becomes a holiday. In 2018, you’ll have the following bank holidays in England and Wales:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Good Friday (March 30)
  • Easter Monday (April 2)
  • Early May bank holiday (May 7)
  • Spring bank holiday (May 28)
  • Summer bank holiday (August 28)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)

In Scotland, you will also have January 2, November 30 as bank holidays. And in Northern Ireland, you can add March 19 (St. Patrick’s Day substitute day) and July 12 (Battle of the Boyne) to your list.

National holidays New Zealand

Holidays-NZ

  • New Year’s Day (January 1 – national holiday)
  • Day after New Year’s Day (January 2 – national day)
  • Wellington Anniversary Day (January 22)
  • Auckland Anniversary Day & Nelson Anniversary Day (January 29)
  • Waitangi Day (February 6 – national day)
  • Taranaki Anniversary (March 12)
  • Otago Anniversary Day (March 26)
  • Good Friday (March 30 – national day)
  • Easter Monday (April 2 – national day)
  • Southland Anniversary Day (April 3)
  • Anzac Day (April 25 – national day)
  • Queens Birthday (June 4 – national day)
  • Dominion Day (September 24)
  • Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day (October 19)
  • Labour Day (October 22 – national day)
  • Marlborough Anniversary Day (October 29)
  • Christchurch Show Day (November 16)
  • Chatham Islands Anniversary Day & Westland Anniversary Day (December 3)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Boxing Day (December 26)

National holidays China

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In China, the full list of national holidays is issued by the government during mid-December of the previous year. However, for 2018, the calendar will look very similar to this:

  • Chinese New Year Eve (February 15)
  • Chinese New Year (February 15 – 21)
  • Women’s Day (March 8 – when all women can take ½ holiday)
  • Ching Ming Festival (April 5)
  • Labour Day Holiday (April 30)
  • Labour Day (May 1)
  • Dragon Boat Festival (June 18)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival (September 24)
  • Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday (September 25)
  • National Day (October 1)
  • National Day Holiday (October 2 – 5)

International Days

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While each country has its own national holidays, we have here a list of interesting international anniversaries established by worldwide organisations such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), WHO (World Health Organization), UN (United Nations General Assembly) and more.

  • World Braille Day (January 4)
  • Street Children’s Day (January 31)
  • World Radio Day (February 13)
  • International Mother Language Day (February 21)
  • World Wildlife Day (March 3)
  • Poetry Day (March 21)
  • Theatre Day (March 27)
  • April Fools’ Day (April 1)
  • Health Day (April 7)
  • International Dance Day (April 29)
  • International jazz Day (April 30)
  • International Midwives Day (May 5)
  • Museum Day (May 18)
  • Geek Pride Day & Towel Day (May 25)
  • Global Wind Day (June 15)
  • International day of Yoga (June 21)
  • World Population Day (July 11)
  • International Day of Friendship (July 30)
  • International Beer Day (the first Friday in August)
  • World Cat Day (August 8)
  • International Coffee Day (September 29)
  • International Translation Day (September 30)
  • Global Handwashing Day (October 15)
  • International Migratory Day (the second Saturday in October)
  • World Vegan Day (November 1)
  • World Hello Day (November 21)
  • International Mountain Day (December 11)

Usually, everything that’s considered a national holiday constitutes a break day from studies, but it might also depend on your universities calendar as well. Some national holidays may also take place during your exam period or your semester break.

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