Boxing Day And Other International Holidays
Boxing Day is a pseudo holiday that is celebrated on the day after Christmas.
The day was originally intended to accommodate servants and other lower-level workers, who would customarily bring gifts (boxes) home to their own families on the day after Christmas.
These days, the day after Christmas is the New Black Friday. It'a all about the sales.
Despite all the online ordering people do these days, stampeding herds of shoppers still crowd the 'brick and mortar' shops on Boxing Day, especially in London and Manchester.
In fact, some Brits see in this day an opportunity to put all the Christmas gifts they didn't like back into their original boxes and return them to the shops they came from.
This could be where marketers got the idea to have big sales on Boxing Day.
Scroll down for more info about this special holiday.
Above: Boxing Day shoppers in London mean business!
5 FAST FACTS ABOUT BOXING DAY
- Boxing Day has its roots in a time when the rich customarily gave gift boxes to the poor on the day after Christmas.
- Boxing Day, as the Brits know it, originated in England during the mid 19th century under Queen Victoria, although the tradition had begun centuries before then.
- Aside from the UK, Boxing Day is also a public holiday in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth territories.
- In South Africa, December 26th is called the Day Of Goodwill, and serves the same purpose.
- As far as retailers are concerned, Boxing Day is actually Boxing Week.
Above: Shoppers herd their way through a mall in Toronto on Boxing Day.
Other International Holidays
- Bangladesh Independence Day
- Boxing Day
- Canada Day
- Children's Day
- Day Of The Dead
- Earth Day
- Family Day
- Fathers Day
- Friendship Day
- Groundhog Day
- India Independence Day
- India Republic Day
- Men's Day
- Mothers Day
- Pakistan Independence Day
- Population Day
- Rose Day
- Teachers Day
- Tourism Day
- Women's Day
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