5 holidays & observations to celebrate in the UK

As Halloween will soon be upon us, we thought you might be interested to find out what we think are some of the best holidays and observations that you should get involved with in the coming year. Get your pen and calendar ready, as you may want to circle a few dates as we run you through the list.


Halloween – 31 Oct 2016

As it kicks off your social calendar to a new academic year, Halloween is undoubtedly the first big event that you should celebrate as a student in the UK.

While trick-or-treating may be a convention across the pond, fancy-dressing is definitely not uncommon here in the UK. Many students take their Halloween parties very seriously and will start planning for it as soon as they’re back to school after the summer break so whichever day the holiday may fall on, there will be plenty of events that you can be a part of. What are you waiting? Go pick out a killer costume (pardon the pun) for your first big social event!


Guy Fawkes Day – 5 Nov 2016

A little history lesson for you all: Bonfire Night dates back to the 17th century when King James I escaped an attempt on his life after Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. To celebrate the capture, the residents of London lit bonfires around the city and months later, the Observance of 5th November Act was introduced to enforce an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

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Wherever you are studying, there will be a firework display nearby so if you know a friend who is going, tag along and just breathe in the atmosphere… and involuntarily a mouthful of the firework smoke.


Pancake Day – 28 Feb 2017

Bet you didn’t know there was a celebration dedicated to your favourite sugary breakfast?

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Pancake Day, officially known as Shrove Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. In the UK, Pancake Day is celebrating by consuming… you guessed it, pancakes. It really does not take much efforts to join in. Just flip yourself a pancake or five, or better yet, head down to a café near you and they will sure to be serving a few stacks throughout the day.


St Patrick’s Day – 17 March 2017

This holiday is practically synonymous to Ireland as a whole. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland is now a celebration of all things Irish on a global scale with parades taking place all over the world; the biggest one yet can be found in New York.

If you are after the authentic experience, jump on a plane and celebrate the holiday in Ireland. Check out our trip booking tips here to see how you can travel within Europe affordably. If you do, prepare yourself for a lot of Guinness drinking, soda bread eating, leprechaun costumes, shamrocks and all green everything.


Image source: Trinity Bar Venue

Easter Sunday – 16 April 2017

This holiday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection, the foundation of the Christian faith, so many Christians regard this day as a day of new birth. Traditionally, Christians celebrate Easter Sunday at a church service, which may vary depending on the denomination and style of worship at each church.

As Easter draws close, you will begin to notice supermarkets stocking up on hot cross buns because what good is a holiday without some festive food? Hot cross buns are traditionally consumed on Good Friday and Easter. There are many stories that indicate how the tradition came about; whether you believe the symbol on the buns represents the cross Jesus was crucified on or buns baked on Good Friday and hung from the rafters of a home would ward evil spirits, one thing we can all agree on is that the buns are pretty tasty.


There you have it, our list of five holidays and observations for you consider for the year ahead. Is there anything we missed? If you think there are better holidays that we should have included, go on and give us a shout on social media: Facebook / Instagram.

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