People always ask me,”What is Boxing Day and Why it is called so? Let me explain to you today.
What is Boxing Day
Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, i.e., 26th December and is a national holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. It is another day to celebrate with friends and family after Christmas. If Boxing Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, it is moved to 27th December in many places.
Why it is called Boxing Day?
There are many arguments regarding the origins of the name Boxing Day.
– A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present.
– Boxing Day was a holiday for servants and when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
– A box to collect money for the poor was placed in Churches on Christmas day then opened the next.
What do people do on Boxing Day?
– Many important sports events are held on Boxing Day.
– In Australia, The Boxing Day test match is a cricket game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
– There are sales at many parts of different countries.
– Retailers celebrate “Boxing Week” to increase their sales.
– People spend more time with friends and family. They go for shopping and hunting.