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Luke Bonaccorsi
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Do I need bunting today?

A couple of weeks ago an idea popped into my head, I built it in a few hours and today, as it’s a bank holiday, I’m launching it into the world!

Introducing Do I need bunting today?!

What is it?

Do I need bunting today? is a site that tells you whether bunting is appropriate, based on if it’s a bank holiday in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

That’s it, that’s the site.

Ok, but why?

Because I could 🤷‍♂️

The GOV.UK website has a list of bank holidays available at https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays. This list is well presented, easy to read and I frequently use it to see when bank holidays are because I forget.

But a while ago, I learned that if you add .json to the end of that URL, you get a JSON represenation of the bank holidays, which includes a true/false value for whether bunting is appropriate.

So I decided to make a site using Eleventy with JavaScript data files. The site grabs the data from https://www.gov.uk/bank-holidays.json, manipulates it into a format that I can use to show information to the user and then it displays it in a massive, easy to read format for the user.

It’s hosted on Netlify and uses a GitHub Action to rebuild the site every day using a Netlify Build Hook.