Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26 each year in countries such as United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. This day is also recognized as St. Stephen’s Day. St. Stephen was a Christian saint, who was stoned to death because he practiced Christianity. Hence, the feast of St. Stephen is celebrated on this day.
Boxing Day actually refers to the rich people to give away boxes of gifts, which may contain things like food, clothing and even money. These boxes would generally be given to the poor people. In some cases, the employers would give boxes of gifts to their employees.
Though this is the actual tradition associated with Boxing Day, in recent times Boxing Day is celebrated in different ways. In some places, you can see discounts being offered in supermarkets during this period and hence, people may be found thronging in those supermarkets. Boxing Day, for some, is an excuse to extend the Christmas festivities. Most of the government offices have an off on this day, and people in the malls can be seen exchanging gifts with their friends. Some people might prefer to spend Boxing Day with close friends and family, and play games and eat leftover Christmas food.
Traditionally, Boxing Day, or the St. Stephen’s Day, is a day when the people of the higher classes give away things to the people from the lower classes. It is a way of helping the poor and the needy and also expressing their gratitude to these people for their year long service.
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