Boxing Day

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Boxing Day is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. It is also a holiday in many other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is based on a long custom of giving gifts to poor people.

It is usually celebrated on 26 December, the day after Christmas Day;[1][2]. In some countries the public holiday is moved to the next weekday if 26 December is a Saturday or Sunday.

Origins[change | edit source]

Boxing Day is an old custom going back to the Middle Ages. The main feature is the giving of gifts to workers or to poor people. The name has many different histories[3].

References[change | edit source]

  1. American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition - 'Boxing Day'
  2. Oxford English
  3. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxing.asp