Should be the 29th of February be a bank holiday?

You’re not going to find too many workers arguing if the government made the 29th of February a bank holiday but what’s the argument for having it as a national holiday other than the fact that it comes around once every four years?



Technically each leap year you work an extra day. That’s assuming you’re on a fixed annual salary. Of course that’s being a little simplistic but for the purposes of this post there’s no need to get too scientific about the exact amount of time each year takes and the precise amount of hours and minutes extra in a leap year such as 2016. Is this good enough reason to demand that the 29th of February isn’t worked? We’re not sure but you could try and put it to your boss as long as you can keep a straight face.


The main point against it being a national holiday in the UK is that it only comes around once every four years. Annual holidays are just that – annual. They normally mark an historical event, a religious holiday or a movement so there has to be a reason for the day off. Honouring a group or a person is another reason and nothing very special has ever happened on the 29th February. You only need to check out a site like onthisday.com to see that. Holidays are often on Fridays or Mondays. Giving the 29th of February as a public holiday means the nation would end up having odd days off like a Tuesday which would disrupt the working week.

Get realistic

It isn’t going to happen. That’s a fact. There’s no chance, no way and there never will be. In the UK we’re lucky with the amount of bank holidays we have. If you worked in a nation like America, you would go to work for more days per year and you would get less annual holiday too.

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