Boxing Day and it's surprising facts that most people don't know

Boxing Day got its name when Queen Victoria was on the throne in the 1800s and has nothing to do with the sport of boxing.

Its name comes from a time when the rich wrapped gifts for the poor. Boxing Day is always a holiday for servants and a day to receive special Christmas boxes from their owners. The servants will return home on Boxing Day and give the Christmas box to their families

Here are it's surprising facts that most don't know about

Boxing day is used to be called Saint Stephen Day

Saint Stephen Day recalls the patron saint, based in Jerusalem, who helped the poor but was stoned to death, making him the first Christian martyr for the faith.

Wren's Day a Precursor to Boxing Day

Wren Day celebrations across Ireland encourage attendees to go door-to-door in search of food in exchange for Wren feathers. The tradition of "hunting keys" actually dates back to the Celtic period.

Oxford English Dictionary refers Boxing Day

In 1833, the Oxford English Dictionary, which recognized the use of English, first mentioned Boxing Day in print.

The Pickwick

English author Charles Dickens made reference to Boxing Day in his first book, "Pickwick Papers", published in one month until 1837.

Boxing day is celebrated in several countries and treated as a holiday

In Australia, Boxing Day is a public holiday in all regions except South Australia, called Proclamation Day, and is celebrated on Christmas Day or the first working day after the Christmas holidays. [17] The Boxing Day Test Cricket match between the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Sydney Yacht Competition in Hobart both begins on Boxing Day.

Boxing Day (Lendermain de Noël) is a statutory holiday in Canada. Government offices, banks and post offices were closed. In Ontario, it's a statutory holiday law.
Boxing Day is the first day after Christmas in Hong Kong, despite the change of administration from England to China in 1997. [18] [19]

In Ireland, when all of the islands were part of England, the Financial Act of 1871 made St. Stephen's Day extinct on December 26th. [20] After separation in 1920, Northern Ireland reverted to its British name, Boxing Day. In East Donegal and Inishowen it is also called Boxing Day. 

Boxing Day is a public holiday in New Zealand. On this day, people forced to work are paid 1.2 times their salary and one day is set aside for workers 

In Nigeria, Boxing Day is a public holiday for staff and students. If it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there is always a public holiday on Monday. 

In Scotland, Boxing Day has been designated as an additional public holiday since 1974 by the Royalties Act 1971. 

In Singapore, Boxing Day is a public holiday for staff and students. If it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, there is a public holiday on Monday. However, in recent years the tradition has been abandoned in Singapore. 

In South Africa, December 26, Friendship Day is a public holiday.

Boxing Day is a public holiday in Trinidad and Tobago. 

In England, December 26 (otherwise Sunday) has been a public holiday since 1871. If December 26 is a Saturday, the public holiday is the following Monday. If December 26th is a Sunday, then the statutory holidays are Tuesday and Monday is Christmas Day. 

From England to the outskirts of Bermuda, okra-clad dances were performed throughout the mid-Atlantic islands on Boxing Day, a tradition dating back to the 18th century when slaves were freed to assemble on Christmas Day. 

Jamaican Traditions

Boxing Day in Jamaica has a Rasta vibe. Party on the beach and watch Caribbean-inspired pantomimes typically performed in Patua, Jamaica. Jamaicans also attend real football games on Boxing Day!

The Exorcist

The famous horror movie called "The Exorcist" was released on boxing day

The Day of Goodwill

South Africa changed its name to "the day of goodwill"


In the United Kingdom, Premier League Football has a full day dedicated to games on Boxing Day.

Age of Exploration

During this time, Sailors made a hobby of collecting money in a box for good luck, which would be then distributed to the poor on Boxing Day by a priest.

Relating to the sport

Most of the world still thinks that boxing day is related to the sport