Boxing Day 2021: Why is it celebrated after Christmas? Its connection to world sports

Boxing Day 2021: Why is it celebrated after Christmas? Its connection to world sports

The status of Boxing day is not the same for every country in terms of public holidays and celebrations.

The day after Christmas.

Boxing day is a popular holiday around the world that is celebrated after Christmas Day. It occurs on the second or third day of Christmastide.

In the simplest of terms, Christmastide is the period immediately before and after 25 December.

Boxing day is now known as a shopping holiday. But the day was originally dedicated to giving packaged or boxed gifts to the poor.

Boxing day originated in the UK but it is now observed in a number of countries that were once part of the British Empire.

Why is it called Boxing Day?

At the outset, it is important to note that the day has very little to do with the sport of boxing.

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Formerly in the UK, it used to be a custom for tradesmen to collect 'Christmas boxes' of money and presents on the first weekday after Christmas as a message of thanks for good service.

The custom is also linked to the old British tradition where helpers and servants of the wealthy were allowed to visit their families the day after Christmas.

The employers would also present each servant a gift box to take home to their family. It would contain food, sweets, or cash payments.

The status of Boxing day can vary from country to country, For example, in Canada, Boxing Day is a federal statutory holiday, meaning Government offices, banks, and postal services are closed on the day.

In Australia, Boxing Day is a public holiday in all jurisdictions except the state of South Australia.

In Singapore, Boxing Day was a public holiday for working people and students. The tradition has been ceased in recent years.

Sports on Boxing Day

Boxing day is arguably the busiest day in world sports.

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