History of Boxing Day

Posted by on Sunday, December 25, 2016

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated on the day following Christmas Day in Canada along with other Commonwealth nations. Boxing Day occurs on 26 December, although the attached bank holiday or public holiday may take place either on that day or a day later.

In the liturgical calendar of Western Christianity, Boxing Day is the second day of Christmastide, and also St. Stephen's Day. In some European countries, notably Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries, 26 December is celebrated as a Second Christmas Day.

The Oxford English Dictionary gives the earliest attestations from England in the 1830s, defining it as "the first week-day after Christmas-day, observed as a holiday on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas-box".

In the  Canada Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday, much like Black Friday.



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