THE summer holidays are nearly here, with school kids counting down the days until they get their long break. Here are all the key dates you need to know so you can organise any last minute plans. What are the summer term and summer half term dates? SCHOOL'S BACK When is October half-term 2019 and do all UK schools have the same dates? TERM-OUT Are the school term dates the same in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland? SCHOOL'S OUT Back to school costs hit £134 - how to save on the cost of school uniforms SponsoredBACK TO SCHOOL How to get £15 off school uniform from Matalan this summer CASH BACK How parents can reclaim leftover cash from ParentPay before school holidays start Top PicksTWO COOL FOR SCHOOL We rate budget school uniforms from M&S to George at Asda BARGAIN! Cheapest week to travel during school summer holidays and the best deals around Schools are in their summer term now - it runs from Tuesday, April 23, until Wednesday, July 24. These dates will vary … [Read more...] about When do the kids go back to school? UK 2019/20 school calendar
WHATEVER the weather is on July 15 it will last for the next 40 days – that is, if you are a firm believer in folklore. Legend has it that the conditions on St Swithin’s Day will set the tone for the weeks leading up to September, but where exactly did this tale come from? Here's the lowdown... When is St Swithin's Day 2019? St Swithin's Day takes place on July 15 each year. The tradition goes that whatever the weather is like on that day, be it glorious sunshine or torrential rain, this will carry on for the 40 days that follow, as the famous rhyme proclaims: St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain Full forty days, it will remain St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair For forty days, t’will rain no more What is the weather forecast for this weekend? There are expected to be sunny spells on Friday with some scattered showers across the north and east with some thunder too. But the weekend is expected to be dry with sunny spells, according to the Met Office, but there … [Read more...] about Happy St Swithin’s Day 2019! Is it going to rain for 40 days?
FOR the past month Muslims across the world have been partaking in Ramadan - a holy period of giving to charity and fasting to mark "the best of times". Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, celebrating the moment the Koran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. So, what happens during the religious month and when is Eid al-Fitr in 2019? When is Ramadan 2019? Ramadan began on the evening of Sunday, May 5, 2019 and continued for 30 days until June 4, 2019. The beginning and end are determined by the lunar Islamic calendar – meaning it depends on when the new moon is sighted. Hilal, the crescent, is usually a day or more after the astronomical new moon. The "night of power" or "night of decree" is considered the holiest night of the year, as Muslims believe the first revelation of the Koran was sent down to Muhammad on this night. It's thought to have occurred on an odd-numbered night during the last ten days of Ramadan - the 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29th. The holiday of Eid … [Read more...] about When does Ramadan 2019 end in the UK and is Eid today?
EVERY year millions of Muslims around the UK and across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr. The date of the religious observance changes annually, as it is based around the lunar calendar. Here is everything you need to know about it. What is Eid al-Fitr? Eid or Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting that starts on May 5 and finishes on June 4 in 2019. It is an important religious holiday for Muslims and is a day when they are not permitted to fast. It kick-starts the month of Shawwal, which begins with a feast to end the period of fasting. The celebration is a public holiday in many Muslim countries, but is not one in the UK, despite a campaign for it to be recognised back in 2014. During Eid, Muslims will often purchase new clothes for the occasion, and take part in festivals and celebrations. Many will wake up early to pray at a mosque or outdoor prayer venue. Gifts and cards are often exchanged among friends and family. Eid means "celebration" and Mubarak … [Read more...] about What date is Eid 2019, when does it end, how is it celebrated and how does Eid al-Fitr differ from Eid al-Adha?
EVERYONE looks forward to the influx of bank holidays that arrive around Easter and May each year and 2019 is no different. But what exactly is May Day and when is our early May long weekend this year? What is May Day and when is the UK bank holiday? May Day is a holiday usually celebrated on May 1 and is a day that stems from ancient celebrations of spring. However, in England, May 1 is not a public holiday unless it falls on a Monday. Instead, since 1978 the Spring bank holiday has always fallen on the first Monday of the month. This year, as May Day falls on a Wednesday, the bank holiday is moved to the following Monday, which is May 6. Unlike the other bank holidays, the first Monday in May is taken off from schools by itself, and not as part of an end of term or half term holiday. The reason for this is because the day has no Christian significance - so doesn’t fit into the usual school holiday pattern. In the UK, May 1 is also International Workers’ Day – or … [Read more...] about Happy May Day 2019! How is 1st May celebrated in the UK and what traditions and quotes are there?