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Boxing Day is a bank and public holiday-December 26. It is observing many countries including some
common wealth of Nations with a mainly Christmas population. In South Africa, this public holiday is
now known as the Day of Goodwill while in Ireland it is known as St. Stephen’s Day.

A holiday is also observed in Austria., Germany, Greenland, Norway , the Netherland, Romania, Sweden,
and Switzerland. In continental European countries, the day often known as “Christmas 2” or “second
Christmas Day”.

Though it is not an official holiday in the United States, the term “Boxing Day” is used by some
Americans, particularly those who live near the Canada TC “United States border. In Canada, Boxing Day
is listed in the Canada Labor Code as an optional holiday. Only in the province of Ontario has it been
made a statutory holiday where all workers receive the time off with pay.

The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing day has long included giving money and other gifts to
those who were needy and in service position.

The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there
are some claims that is goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era; mental boxes placed outside
churches were used to collect special offering tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen.

In the United Kingdom, it certainly became a custom of nineteenth- century Victorians for tradesmen
to collect their “Christmas in return for good and reliable service throughout the year.

Another possibility is that the name derives from old English tradition, around the 1800s, churches
opened their almas boxes ( boxes where people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents
to the poor.

However, the exact etymology of the term “boxing” is unclear and which there are several competing
theories, none of which is definitive.

Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated on December 26, St. Stephen’s Day, the day after Christmas Day.
Unlike St. Stephen’s Day, Boxing Day is a secular holiday but is usually on December 26.

In Ireland, when it was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the UK’s Bank Holidays
Act 1871 established the feast day of St Stephen as a non-movable public holiday on December 26.

Since the Irish War of Independence, the name “Boxing Day” is used only by the authorities in Northern
Ireland (which remained part of the United Kingdom).There, Boxing Day is movable public holiday in line
with the rest of the United Kingdom.

				
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