Boxing Day is a time to spend with family or friends, usually those not seen on Christmas Day itself. In recent times, the day has become synonymous with many sports. Horse racing is particularly popular with meets all over the country. Many top football teams also play on Boxing Day.
Boxing Day is also a time when the British show their eccentricity by taking part in all kinds of silly activities. Including, bizarre traditions like swimming the icy cold English Channel, fun runs, and charity events.
Churches also played a part in the creation of Boxing Day. Through the year they would take money from churchgoers in the form of a collection and hand it out at Christmas. Many of them stored the collection of money in a box. And in the end, which they opened on Christmas Day.
The money was then handed out to the poor the next day – on Boxing Day. Today, those boxes aren’t as popular. However, some people leave out extra money for people like paper boys and girls in the weeks before Christmas and call it a Christmas box.
When is Boxing Day?
In general, Boxing Day is celebrated on the 26th of December and has been a National Holiday in the majority of Great Britain Colonies. Especially, in Kenya until recently when it was renamed Utamaduni Day.
But, whenever 26 December is on a Saturday, the Boxing Day holiday is moved to the next Monday. And if 26 December falls on a Sunday, then the holiday is the following Tuesday. Notably, Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.
According to celebrations calendar elites in Great Britain, Boxing Day defines a ‘Christmas Box’ in regards to a Christmas present. Whereby, Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master.
In that case, the servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
Important to realize, the day also has religious connections. And is celebrated as Saint Stephen’s Day in Ireland and the Catalonia region of Spain. In some Christian Nationalities – such as Hungary, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands – Boxing Day is celebrated as a second Christmas Day.
What is the Point of Boxing Day?
Generally speaking, arguments come thick and fast as to why, and we hope you find the answers below interesting. But firstly, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor.