Boxing Day is an annual holiday celebrated on the last day before Christmas, being also the second day of the season dedicated to giving gifts to the needy. Though it originally started as a celebration to supply poor children with toys, today’s celebrations have become more focused. Celebrities also join in the fun by sending holiday-themed gifts to their fans. Boxers and baseball players are some of the sports celebrities who participate in Boxing Day festivities worldwide.
The history of Boxing Day can be traced back to 16ahan when it was called off-Christmas. Although it is now celebrated more enthusiastically by the majority of the world population, it was once considered a pagan festival. The practice of celebrating Boxing Day without any gifts began with the British during the rule of Queen Victoria. As her reign was ending, she had abolished the practice of publicly giving presents to friends and relatives on this day. This made it more difficult for people to exchange good wishes and expressions of gratitude for the coming year.
It was not until the late nineteenth century that Boxing Day became a much loved day for Britain’s population and the tradition continued to grow. On this day, as previously mentioned, Boxing Day was once again banned by Queen Victoria. However, it did not take long for the celebration to grow into a more recognized event and so she again permitted public celebrations to take place. The first official Boxing Day celebrations took place on Christmas Eve in 1894. Although there are no records to prove this, it is believed that the tradition of Boxing Day being an actual feast began somewhere around this time.
In 1894, a curious tradition arose where Christmas boxes were purchased for all the working class to bring along to the Christmas dinner. These boxes were filled with treats and were then hidden by the servants during the night to avoid the prying eyes of their employers. The tradition of the Boxing Day feast soon spread to the country’s villages and small towns. As the years passed, with the rise of industrialization, the workers of Ireland faced harsher conditions in their jobs. Many of these workers were forced to accept the traditions of Boxing Day being a day to break their muscles to show their strength.
Over the years, with the growth and prosperity of Irish culture in the city, the Irish began celebrating this traditional Irish public holiday with great vigor. So much so that many cities around the world now hold a separate Boxing Day festival to celebrate the end of the week. Even countries far away from Ireland have taken note of the public holiday traditions and so today some entire festivals and events take place to mark the conclusion of the week with some excitement and the excitement of a public Boxing Day.
In Canada, Boxing Day has been celebrated in different ways since the year 1996. On this occasion, Canada’s first mandatory size regulation was introduced for Canadian restaurants and diners. The law made it mandatory for restaurants with more than twenty-five seats to have at least one trained employee who can box. It has also been mandated that all restaurants serving alcohol must have at least one licensed drink counter. This means that if you are eating out in a pub in Canada, you are obliged to drink responsibly and can only have a licensed alcoholic beverage.
In the mid-nineteen eighties, Boxing Day was celebrated as Canada’s Saturday folk day. It was a time when workers would get together in the evening to have a few pints and engage in a friendly boxing contest. The event was organized by the organizers after the workers of the steel plant came together to celebrate their holiday together. The event grew in popularity until it became a popular annual event, which was celebrated in almost every town and city in Canada. A new public Holiday Act was introduced to mark the occasion, making it even more popular.
In the late nineteen eighties, the “Boxing Day” holiday celebration in the United Kingdom was introduced. It was first hosted by the then Prime Minister John Major. A month later, it was declared a national holiday in eighteen counties across England and Wales, with the Capital of London being the location of the Parades. A month after that, the idea was adopted by the London Boroughs. In the United Kingdom, Boxing Day has become an international celebration, which continues to be celebrated every Friday evening throughout the year.