Boxing Day is held on December 26. Belgium, Fiji, The Bahamas, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa... This event in the third decade of the month December is annual. Help us
The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants - a day when they received a special Christmas box from their masters. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas boxes to their families.
The Christmas boxes given to servants in Britain on Boxing Day often contained gifts, or leftover food from the family's Christmas feast. In England the practice of hunting wrens was once a popular activity on Boxing Day. It was considered unlucky to kill wrens on any other day.
After all the chaos and busyness of Christmas, Boxing Day is truly a time to breathe again. It’s traditionally known as a very relaxing day, since the stress of Christmas is over, and you can take the day to unwind and rest. Many people use Boxing Day as a self-care day, by reading a book, going for a walk, taking a bath or relaxing with their leftovers and a movie.
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St. Stephen's Day on December 26 (public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Andorra, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland);
Second day of Christmas on December 26 (Western Christianity. Public holiday in the Netherlands, Poland, Norway);
The first day of Junkanoo street parade, the second day is on the New Year's Day on December 26 (The Bahamas);
Carnaval in Aruba on January 1 (Beginning after the new year with the Torch Parade and ending at midnight on the eve of Ash Wednesday)