Boxing Day History, Activities and Celebrations
Boxing Day is celebrated with full vivacity and joyfulness in few countries of the world. The celebration of this day was originally initiated by the people of UK about 800 years ago, during the middle ages
Historically, it is believed that Romans introduced this type of collecting box to the UK; however, they used them to collect money for playing games in the winter season celebrations.
Boxing day Traditions
Boxing Day is celebrated traditionally in various countries of the world particularly Europe. Details of some countries are listed below.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
This day is a public holiday in United Kingdom which technically means a non working day in the whole country.
Boxing Day history in Holland
In Holland, a rough pottery known as ‘earthenware’ is used to manufacture these boxes. These were shaped like pigs and probably this is the reason a term ‘Piggy Bank’ came into being.
The purpose of this day is to help the poor and needy people. Traditionally, this day was celebrated to share the contents of the poor and deprived people. At this day, the poor people received a Christmas box which was kept in churches. These boxes were opened one day after the Christmas day and this is the reason this day is known as a ‘boxing day’. However, this tradition is still followed in some churches today.
People prefer different kind of activities on the Boxing Day to entertain and enjoy their holiday.
People spend this day with their family and friends. Most of the families used to go on walks in the countryside together on that day.
Boxing Day events
Nowadays Boxing Day is celebrated as a sports day as mentioned below.
Boxing Day as a Sports Day
Nowadays, this day is being referred to a sport day. Horse race is extremely popular on this day. Ironically, many football players also play the same game on the Boxing Day.
Shopping on the Boxing Day
Most of the people, instead of relaxing and spending time at home, go to different malls on the Boxing Day for window shopping or buying some sort of stuff for themselves.
People also exchange gifts on the Boxing Day.
Boxing Day in Ireland
Boxing Day is celebrated as ‘St Stephen’s Day’ in Ireland and is very well known for its ‘Wren Boys’. St Stephen was stoned to death for allegedly believing in Jesus.
Meal on Boxing Day
Food and drink on the Boxing Day is comparatively lighter than on the Christmas Day. Buffet is usually offered in lunch or probably leftovers from Christmas lunch.
Food items on Boxing Day
Baked Ham is quite famous on the Boxing Meat. It is considered as the most desirable meat on that day. Besides that Mince Pies with Brandy Butter or a slice of Christmas cake are the most demanded feast of the day.
Have a lovely and enjoyable Boxing Day with your family and friends.