It's December 26, a day globally regarded as the Boxing Day!
But then , have you ever wondered what Boxing Day is, what it means and where the unusual name comes from ? You may find the answers interesting!
While the name given the day after Christmas has nothing to do with the sport of boxing , it is generally a national holiday in places where Christmas is observed , being a day to spend with family and friends and to eat up all the leftovers of Christmas Day.
The origins of the day, however, are steeped in history and tradition , as reported by The Spruce.
Arguments abound on the origins of the name Boxing Day , but , as noted , it is a reference to holiday gifts.
In England and Ireland, 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.
Again , the name is a reference to charity drives . A box is made to collect money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and opened the next day — Boxing Day .
The name also refers to a nautical tradition . Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing money on board for good luck. Where the voyage was a success , the box was given to a priest, opened at Christmas and the contents then given to the poor.
Boxing Day is a time to spend with family or friends , usually those not seen on Christmas Day itself.
In recent times , the day has become synonymous with many sports, as many top football teams also play on Boxing Day.
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