Should Wales be able to decide its own public holidays?


26th January 2022

A WELSH council has voted to make St David’s Day a public holiday for its 5,000 staff, even though the UK Government has said ‘no’ to making it a national bank holiday.

St David is the patron saint of Wales and many feel he should be celebrated on 1 March. However, Wales is the only country in the UK that does not have the power to decide its own public holidays and Westminster has no plans to change the current arrangements.

Gwynedd councillor Nia Jeffreys said: “It is a national disgrace that, in Wales, we cannot choose and identify our own significant events.”

England doesn’t have a bank holiday for its patron, St George – but Scotland and Northern Ireland both have one for theirs, St Andrew and St Patrick.

Should Wales be able to decide its own public holidays?


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aora21 · 7 months ago

I think we should not make it a holiday because not everyone in Wales is Christian.

charlieee7 · 6 months ago

Wales is an independent country, so shouldn't have to follow England's bank holidays.

mothstar · 6 months ago

#first to comment

yud10084 · 6 months ago

I don't think they should because we work and they don't have to. Also its not fair on the other countries in my opinion.

sailor31 · 6 months ago

Everyone else gets a holiday (cause to have fun/celebrate) why shouldn't Wales

katkid10 · 6 months ago

I think that it should be made a holiday because if Scotland and Northern Ireland have their national holidays, why can't Wales have one for their patron saint? They are just as important, plus all of the other countries (England and Wales) have a holiday for Scotland and Northern Ireland's patron saints. Wales should have their own holiday too.

marthajja · 6 months ago

Yes as we are aloud a bank holiday when they decide one and Wales has an important day

puzzlepeas · 6 months ago

It would not be fair for the rest of us and not everyone believes in that sort of stuff

oceangirl3 · 6 months ago

I think that Wales should be able to choose there own country's holidays as it is an independent country🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿.

emi1234567 · 6 months ago

Wales is it’s own country so it has the right to decide it’s own holidays

manuqueen · 5 months ago

It is an independent country so why not? Imagine if England (we) couldn't decide our own rules!

dscool · 5 months ago

It's a just a country it can set its own public holidays if it wants to

dscool · 5 months ago