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Remembrance Sunday in the United Kingdom

Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom (UK) honors the heroic efforts, achievements and sacrifices that were made in past wars. The main observance is on the second Sunday in November, but 2 minutes of silence is also made on November 11.

Is Remembrance Sunday a Public Holiday?

Remembrance Sunday is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, November 11, 2018 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United Kingdom.

The red poppy - a symbol of wartime remembrance.
The red poppy - a symbol of wartime remembrance.

Observe Remembrance Day

People stop work to observe a moment of silence at 11am on November 11, which is the time and date when hostilities formally ended after more than four years of battle during World War I. Poppies are worn as a symbol of respect and tribute on Remembrance Sunday and/or November 11.

The day is also marked by events such as memorial services, church services and parades. A national commemoration takes place at Whitehall, a road in the City of Westminster in central London.

Public Life

Remembrance Day is an observance and not a public holiday in the UK. Many businesses may temporarily pause activity at 11am for 2 minutes of silence on November 11.

About Remembrance Day

Also referred to as Poppy Day or Armistice Day, Remembrance Day is observed in Commonwealth countries, including Australia and Canada. Other countries such as the U.S. have similar observances like Veterans Day. November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I hostilities between Allied nations and Germany in 1918.

Remembrance Sunday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SunNov 14Remembrance SundayObservance 
2011SunNov 13Remembrance SundayObservance 
2012SunNov 11Remembrance SundayObservance 
2013SunNov 10Remembrance SundayObservance 
2014SunNov 9Remembrance SundayObservance 
2015SunNov 8Remembrance SundayObservance 
2016SunNov 13Remembrance SundayObservance 
2017SunNov 12Remembrance SundayObservance 
2018SunNov 11Remembrance SundayObservance 
2019SunNov 10Remembrance SundayObservance 
2020SunNov 8Remembrance SundayObservance 

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