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Boxing Day  

Boxing Day is celebrated every year on the day after Christmas. This day is mainly observed in countries that were formed by the British Commonwealth. This day was originated because in earlier times, the servants of wealthy families had to work on Christmas Day. Next day, they were presented with gift boxes and allowed to take the day off so that they can spend time with their family. In South Africa, this day is known as the Day of Goodwill and in Ireland, known as ‘St. Stevens Day’.

Quick Facts: –

  • On December 26, National Candy Cane Day is celebrated in the United States.
  • On this day, postmen, errand-boys and other servants expect to receive a Christmas box.
  • Christmas Boxes were often made of clay or wood and contained gift, money or food.
  • It is one of the British bank holidays recognized since 1871.
  • The practice of this day was mentioned in English Member of Parliament Samuel Pepys’ diary entry on December 19, 1663 for the first time.
  • In the United Kingdom, if December 26 falls on a Sunday then Boxing Day is moved to Monday.
  • The main purpose of celebrating this day is to tip any service workers that work for us throughout the year.
  • The traditions of Boxing Day depend on the country.
  • At some places, the celebration includes traditional hunting, family reunion and watching sports events.
  • In Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK, Boxing Day maximum shopping of the year is done on this day.


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