For starters, Boxing Day has nothing at all to do with boxing. With that being said, many people do not fully realize the phrase “Boxing Day”. To a handful of it means a day after Christmas while to others it basically means 26th December of the year. Boxing Day is the day after Christmas (December 26th) and is an additional Holiday or vacation after Christmas. But what exactly is the Origin of Boxing Day?
A number of even say its a day was and I quote “If one is killed while fighting, the law should not be utilized against the person”. Such was actually the concept made use of in Hollywood movie “The Purge” but was carefully twisted in a separate way/
Honestly, Nigerians have forever celebrated what they don’t discern or understand and have it’s not necessary to partake in its celebration. It may get your interest to grasp that boxing day has a trace of Master & Servant ( Slavery ) embedded in it. Below is the true meaning of boxing day, its origin and the untold story concerning this . . . .
What is Boxing Day?
Arguments and disagreements come thick and fast as to why, and I hope, like me, you find the information and facts below insightful. But first of all, I have to say, there is absolutely nothing to do with the sport of boxing. The most straight-forward answer might possibly be that people are just a little enthusiastic here in the UK and Ireland in eager for a further extended vacation.
It is not sufficient for people to have just Christmas Day celebrations, we now have included this one more event called Boxing Day. But the answer is not really that uncomplicated. Boxing Day is a national Bank Holiday, a day to dedicate to friends and relations so you can eat up all the leftovers of Christmas Day. The foundation of the day, however, is steeped in history and tradition.
Why is it Called Boxing Day?
Arguments abound on the roots of the term Boxing Day. All the responses below are suitable, so presumably, it is one, or even all of them.
A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants as well as the day when they were given a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. The servants would most likely also go home on Boxing Day to give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families.
Package to amass money for the poor traditionally and placed in Churches on Christmas day and unwrapped the next day – Boxing Day. Great sailing ships when setting sail would have a sealed box containing funds on board for good luck. Were the voyage successful, the package was presented with to a priest, unwrapped at Christmas and the items then passed on to the poor.
When is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is the 26th December and is a national holiday in the UK and Ireland.
Activities on Boxing Day
Boxing Day is a time to stay with family and friends or friends, usually those not seen on Yuletide Day itself. In recent times, the day has become likened with lots of sports. Horse racing is predominantly popular with meets all over the country. A lot of top football clubs also play on Boxing Day.
Boxing Day is also a time when the British show their eccentricity by getting involved in several preposterous activities. These comprise of bizarre traditions, for instance, swimming the icy cold English Channel, fun runs, and charity events.
However, the modification of government in the UK in 2015 has once again hoisted the argument of reinstating foxhunting.
Boxing Day in Ireland
In Ireland, Boxing Day is also known as “St. Stephen’s Day” named after the Saint stoned to death for believing in Jesus. In Ireland on Boxing, there was once a barbaric act carried out by the so-called “Wren Boys .” These boys would dress up and go out, and stone wren birds to death then carry their catch around the town knocking on doors and asking for money, the stoning representing what had happened to St Stephen. This terrible tradition has now stopped, thank goodness, but the Wrens Boys still dress up but instead parade around town and collect money for charity.
Origin of Boxing Day
You’ve presumably already heard a whole variety of different tales about why December 26 is called Boxing Day – however, this is actually where the designation truly comes from. It’s not simply because people get rid of all of their boxes from Christmas Day or even because unnecessary gifts are boxed up – its origins are from much earlier.
Recently it is often very much associated with shopping sales, football matches, horse racing and even fox hunting, however, the name is nothing to do with any of those. The Oxford English Dictionary says that the initial mention of Boxing Day in Britain was in the 1830s.
They define it as “the first week-day after Christmas-day, observed as a holiday trip on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of different types expect to collect a Christmas-box”. The giving of containers refers to the practice of receiving for the poor with boxes, which were unwrapped the day after Christmas, which is also St Stephen’s Day despite the fact that what these boxes were actually for is debated.
When this practice first started is also contested as a number of saying it can be traced dating back to the Victorian era, however, others say it goes back much farther. There are some claims it dates back to the Middle Ages and even the Roman Empire, once Christianity had arrived on the scene.
Though the timing of its origins may be disputed, it was the Victorians who fleshed out the significance of Boxing Day as in 1871 it became a bank holiday. It was around this time, as a result of the escalating tradition, that wealthy people gave their servants time off work to pay a visit to their families. They were given a box to take home, bearing gifts, bonuses and sometimes leftover food item.
A different custom was for tradespeople to be given ‘Christmas boxes’ of presents or money on the first weekday after Christmas as appreciation for good service all year around. Samuel Pepys mentions this practice in a diary entry from December 19th, 1663: “Thence by coach to my shoemaker’s and remunerated all there, and gave something to the boys’ box against Christmas .”
It is primarily a British tradition, although it is also practised in nations like Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It is not observed in the US. – Question is;
Why do Nigerians observe Boxing Day Celebration? It’s probably because we like to follow western traditions, or simply because we deserve a holiday after all the work in the year. Whatever the reason be, we just have to enjoy the extra vacation called Boxing Day!