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Firstly I must say, it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.The simplest answer would be that English and Irish people are a little greedy in wanting a longer holiday. It is not enough for them to have only Christmas Day celebrations, and they have added on this other event called Boxing Day.Boxing Day in the United Kingdom is the day after Christmas Day and falls on December 26.It´s a bank holiday. Traditionally, it was a day when employers distributed money, food, cloth (material) or other valuable goods to their employees. In modern times, it is an important day for sporting events and the start of the post-Christmas sales.
For many people Boxing Day is a time to recover from the excesses of Christmas Day and an opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and neighbors.
Some people choose to go for a walk in the countryside, while others flock to the post-Christmas sales that often begin on Boxing Day. Some people even spend part of the night and early morning queuing to get into the stores when the best bargains are still available.
Why is the Day Called Boxing Day?
- A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present.
- Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants and the day when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
- A box to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day - Boxing Day.
- Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Were the voyage a success, the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents given to the poor.