The new year starts with an extra day off work (for most).
Edinburgh Public Holidays
Public holiday in Edinburgh
Victoria Day is a public holiday in Edinburgh. The day harks back to the heyday of the British Empire, with the cause of celebration a British monarch, Queen Victoria, who died over a hundred years ago. Queen Victoria was born on 20 June 1819 and died on 22 January 1901 after a 63 year reign.
A public holiday was announced in 2010 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year - 60 years after taking the reign.