Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom and some Commonwealth nations on December 26. These nations include Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is a tradition that on this day people give gifts to servants, traders, and needy people. Despite its strange name, this day has nothing to do with fighting. It had become a day linked with shopping and athletic events by the twenty-first century. This year people will celebrate Boxing day on Sunday 26th December.
There is a dispute regarding the origin of word. Some believe that it came from the opening of alms boxes. Churches have these boxes to collect funds to help the poor. However, on the other hand, some believe it originated from the gift boxes distributed to workers the day after Christmas. According to this belief as servants’ work was required for their employers’ Christmas Day celebrations, the next day off was given to them to celebrate the holiday on their own. Bonuses are given to service staff, however, they are now given before instead of after Christmas.
When the 26th of December falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is declared a public holiday. Boxing Day has become a day of sports events. This includes foxhunting, horse races, and rugby, as well as the feast day of St. Stephen (St. Stephen’s Day), the patron saint of horses. The authorities amended Traditional fox hunting in 2005. It happened because of regulations passed in Wales and England prohibiting the use of hounds in hunts. The English did not keep the holiday in the American colonies.
The Take Away
Boxing Day is a holiday observed the day after Christmas Day. It is celebrated on the second day of the Christmas season. This day began as a day for giving gifts to the poor, however, it is now mainly known as a shopping holiday. It began in the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, a number of countries observe this day that were once part of the British Empire.