Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated just a day after the Christmas festival. Primarily known as a shopping holiday, the day originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor. When Christmas Day passes, the celebration continues as Boxing Day in some countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.
Boxing Day 2022 Date
Traditionally, Boxing Day is recognized on December 26, but if the day falls on Saturday then the celebration will be on the following Monday. If the day falls on Sunday then it will be observed on the following Tuesday.
Boxing Day 2022 date falls on December 26, Monday.
Boxing Day History & Significance
Boxing Day has its origins in the custom of giving alms to the needy. This tradition started when employees would send boxes filled with gifts, and occasionally leftover food to servants.
December 26 has also significance because that is the feast day of St Stephen, who is the patron saint of horses. The Boxing Day and St Stephen’s Day celebrations also involve various sporting events, including rugby and horse races.
Why is it called Boxing Day?
The term Christmas boxes refer to the act of giving food, money, or any other presents to those in need on the day after Christmas day. So, the name Boxing Day.