Monday 26 December 2011

Happy Boxing Day!

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th. It is a statutory holiday in the federal jurisdiction and in Ontario. If it falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the working day immediately preceding or following Boxing Day is considered a legal holiday.

Boxing Day, also known as the Feast of St. Stephen (after the first Christian martyr), originated in England in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria. It originated as a holiday for members of the merchant class to give boxes containing food and fruit, clothing, and/or money to trades people and servants. The gifts were an expression of gratitude similar to the bonuses many employers offer their employees today. These gifts, usually given in boxes, gave the holiday its name, "Boxing Day."

Also related to the origin of Boxing Day is the tradition of opening the alms boxes placed in churches over the Christmas season. The contents of these boxes were distributed amongst the poor, by the clergy, the day after Christmas.

Today, Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, and many other Commonwealth nations. It is a time for family and friends to gather with lots of food and fun. Outdoor sports such as soccer, horse racing and hunting are popular on this holiday. Retailers offer huge savings on many items on this day, making it the biggest shopping day of the year in Canada.



Way Out Wear said...

Great history lesson, Teena! Love it, and Happy Boxing Day to you too!

Adaptable Kay said...

What an interesting holiday to learn about-I had no idea it existed!

You learn something new everyday :)

BLOGZOOM said...

Dear Teena, you was the first person who congratulated me for my blogs when they did one year. I did not know about "blogvesary day"!! I never forget you, because you made me happy with the surprise.
Thank you for caring. This world is a charm, because we can make new friends. Just have an open heart. Happy 2012!


Anonymous said...

Here in NS, Can. the stores are all closed on Boxing Day and I am pleased about that, the store staff need two days in a row off.