December 26: Boxing Day

Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas. It was a custom in the UK for tradesmen to receive “Christmas boxes” that contained gifts and bonuses. Servants of the wealthy were usually given this day off to visit family and the boxes they received sometimes contained food leftover from the previous day.

Today, Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated in many places such as the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Australia. Its name has been changed to Day of Goodwill in South Africa and it is known as St. Stephen’s Day or The Day of the Wren in Ireland. In other European countries, it is simply celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.

Over the years, the holiday has become a major after-Christmas shopping day, due to reduced prices and sales similar to those of Black Friday.