UK Holidays

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These are some standard UK holidays in remind format, add them as an include in your .reminders file.

Some notes:

  • These are the England & Wales bank holidays, feel free to add the Scotland and Ireland ones.
  • The Bank Holiday date definitions are taken from the Bank Holidays wikipedia page.
  • The May, Spring and Summer bank holidays, and the Boxing day bank holiday aren't OMITs because they use weekday date specifiers, which generate an error ("Unknown token: `Mon' (OMIT)"). If anyone knows a way around this, please correct them.
  • If anyone can think of a way to add a reminder for Remembrance Sunday—defined as the Sunday nearest (before or after) the 11th of November—please add it.
  • Can anyone think of rules to accommodate Christmas Day or New Years Day falling on a Sat or Sun? Eg. 27th/28th December 2010. This is especially complex when Christmas Day is a Sat as Boxing Day becomes the following Mon and the Tue an additional Holiday.
OMIT 01 Jan MSG New Year's Day (Bank Holiday)%
REM Mon 1 May MSG May Day (Bank Holiday)%
REM Mon 1 Jun -7 MSG Spring Bank Holiday (Whitsun)%
REM Mon 1 Sep -7 MSG Summer Bank Holiday%

OMIT 25 Dec MSG Christmas Day%
# Boxing Day is the first weekday after Christmas
REM Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri 26 Dec MSG Boxing Day (Bank Holiday)%

# Easter stuff
SET easter EASTERDATE(YEAR(TODAY()))
OMIT [TRIGGER(easter-2)] MSG Good Friday (Bank Holiday)%
REM [TRIGGER(easter)] MSG Easter Sunday%
OMIT [TRIGGER(easter+1)] MSG Easter Monday (Bank Holiday)%

# Mother's Day is defined as the 4th Sunday of Lent. Lent begins on
# Ash Wednesday (easter-46), so the 4th Sunday is easter-21
REM [TRIGGER(easter-21)] MSG Mother's Day%

# other annual dates or holidays I want to be reminded of:
REM 25 Jan MSG Burns Night%
REM 14 Feb MSG Valentine's Day%
REM 01 Mar MSG St. David's Day%
REM 17 Mar MSG St. Patrick's Day%
REM 21 Apr MSG The Queen's Birthday (her actual birthday)%
REM 23 Apr MSG St. George's Day%
REM 08 May MSG VE Day%
REM Sun 15 Jun MSG Father's Day%
REM 31 Oct MSG Halloween%
REM 05 Nov MSG Bonfire Night%
REM 11 Nov MSG Rememberance Day%
REM 30 Nov MSG St. Andrew's Day%

# Western European Summer Time definitions. I'm not sure what the
# algorithm is for deciding these, so these are the mandated dates
# through to 2011. See the wikipedia page for details:
# http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_European_Summer_Time
REM 25 Mar 2007 British Summer Time begins (clocks go forward 1 hour)%
REM 28 Oct 2007 British Summer Time ends (clocks go back 1 hour)%
REM 30 Mar 2008 British Summer Time begins (clocks go forward 1 hour)%
REM 26 Oct 2008 British Summer Time ends (clocks go back 1 hour)%
REM 29 Mar 2009 British Summer Time begins (clocks go forward 1 hour)%
REM 25 Oct 2009 British Summer Time ends (clocks go back 1 hour)%
REM 28 Mar 2010 British Summer Time begins (clocks go forward 1 hour)%
REM 31 Oct 2010 British Summer Time ends (clocks go back 1 hour)%
REM 27 Mar 2011 British Summer Time begins (clocks go forward 1 hour)%
REM 30 Oct 2011 British Summer Time ends (clocks go back 1 hour)%
  • The official government UK Bank Holidays can be found at the UK Gov DTI site includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • UK Summertime (BST) is defined as starting at 0100 on the last Sunday March and ending at 0100 on the last Sunday of October.

Using these definitions for Summer Time


# British Summer Time
# Untested but should work
REM Last Sunday of March AT 0100 MSG BST Begins (Clocks go Fowards 1hr)%
REM Last Sunday of October AT 0100 MSG BST Ends (Clocks go Backwards 1hr)%

UK Christmas Day & Boxing Day Bank Holiday

Assume that the two bank holidays (Christmas and Boxing) start from the 25th and OMIT Saturday and Sunday - this should fettle things:


# Christmas Day Bank Holiday
REM 25 December MSG Christmas Day%
REM 25 December OMIT Sat Sun AFTER MSG Christmas Bank Holiday%

# Boxing Day Bank Holiday
REM 26 December MSG Boxing Day%

# I don't know if this next line will work
REM 25 December OMIT Sat Sun 26 December AFTER MSG Boxing Day Bank Holiday%

# Here's a more manpage safe alternative
PUSH-OMIT-CONTEXT
CLEAR-OMIT-CONTEXT
OMIT 26 December
REM 25 December OMIT Sat Sun AFTER MSG Boxing Day Bank Holiday%
POP-OMIT CONTEXT

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