What is Boxing day
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in many countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries in the Commonwealth.
When is celebrated Boxing day
It is traditionally celebrated on December 26, the day after Christmas Day. In 2022, Boxing Day is celebrated on Monday, December 26, 2022. When December 26 comes on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is designated as the official public holiday.
Boxing day History
The origins of Boxing Day are not clear, but it is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom in the Middle Ages. It may have originated as a day when boxes of food, clothing, and other gifts were distributed to the poor, or it may have been a day when servants and tradespeople were given gifts by their employers.
In modern times, Boxing Day is often seen as a day for relaxation and leisure, and many people use the day to visit friends and family or participate in sports events. In some countries, it is also a public holiday and banks, schools, and businesses may be closed.
In some countries, Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen’s Day, which is a Christian holiday that honors St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. According to tradition, St. Stephen was a deacon in the early Christian church who was stoned to death for spreading the Gospel. He is considered a patron saint of deacons and stone masons.
In some countries, St. Stephen’s Day is a public holiday and is celebrated with special church services and other cultural traditions, such as gift-giving, caroling, and feasting. In other countries, St. Stephen’s Day is not a public holiday, but it is still recognized and celebrated by some Christian communities.