Northern Ireland: Holidays, Events, and National Customs

Public holidays

There are a number of public holidays that do not have a fixed date, but are based on the time of Easter. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the beginning of spring. Lent, which lasts 46 days, begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Pentecost is 50 days after Easter. The Corpus Christi festival is celebrated on the 2nd Thursday after Pentecost. All Saints’ Day is celebrated for Orthodox Christians on the 1st Sunday after Pentecost, but for Catholic Christians the date is fixed on November 1st. On October 31, Protestants celebrate Reformation Day. The Halloween festival also takes place on this day.

Northern Ireland Holidays

In Great Britain and Ireland there are the so called “Bank Holidays”, which were first introduced in 1871 by the “Bank Holidays Act”. In general, today’s Bank Holidays are set for New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, the last Monday in May, the last Monday in August and the Christmas holidays from December 25th to 26th. In Northern Ireland there are also St. Patrick’s Day and the “Battle of Boyne” holidays. As a citizen-friendly rule, the rule was introduced that if a public holiday, such as December 26th, falls on a Sunday, then December 27th is also declared a bank holiday.

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
17. March St. Patrick’s Day (Irish patron saint)
March April Easter (Easter Monday)
1st of May Labor Day
last Monday in May Spring Bank Holiday
July 12 Orangemens Day (political association)
last Monday in August August Bank Holiday
25./26. December Christmas

Cultural events

The following events take place each year in Northern Ireland:

Date Event
March April Between The Lines (literature festival) in Belfast
April May Cathedral Quarter (arts festival) in Belfast
May June Fleadh Amhran Agus Rince (Singing and Dancing Festival) in Castlewellan
July Eagle Wing Festival in Groomsport
July August Belfast Pride
August Sperrins Hill Walking Festival in Magherafelt
August International Maiden of the Morne Festival in Warrenpoint
September Hillsborough Guinness Oyster Festival in Hillsborough
September October Open House Festival in Belfast
October November Belfast Festival at Queen’s (Ireland’s largest arts festival)

Northern Ireland: climate

Northern Ireland has a relatively mild year-round climate with relatively frequent rainfall.

Travel times

The ideas of what is meant by a particularly favorable travel climate depend on a number of factors. Pure cultural travelers certainly see the climate differently than people who want to spend a pure beach holiday, for example. The state of health or age can also play an important role. However, winter is primarily suitable for cultural or comparable activities

Climate table

The following table shows the climate data for Northern Ireland. It should be noted that the climatic conditions in different regions of the country can differ from each other and therefore also from the values ​​shown. In addition, the monthly temperature averages have little informative value with regard to the minimum or maximum temperatures. It is possible that at average temperatures of around 20 °C maximum values ​​of 30 °C or more occur. The table therefore only provides a general overview of the climatic conditions in Northern Ireland.

Month Average number of rainy days Mean maximum temperatures in (°C) Mean minimum temperatures in (°C)
January 05 06 01
February 06 06 01
March 05 09 03
April 06 12 04
May 05 17 17
June 05 20 11
July 05 22 12
August 06 21 11
September 07 19 10
October 07 15 07
November 08 10 03
December 06 07 02

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