What do we know about Christmas in UK? We present the most important informations about dates of Christmas and its history.
Holidays in United Kingdom – how it started?
The origins of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are connected with old celebrations around the shortest day of year. A lots of aspects of Holidays have pagan origins. Traditions of Christmas reach UK too, although the form of some custom was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – time
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from December 1st through Christmas Eve. It’s period in which practice is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people go to church where take place church service. December 25th, people begin from opening presents. Majority walk afternoon to church and then listen to the Speech of Queen. All day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in UK
Second day of Christmas is called Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in England but if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is day to give presents to family, friends and other people. Tradition of second day of Holidays come from medieval times. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the bounties to the poor. Wealthy people, after Christmas banquets take the remains in boxes and distributed out to their minions. That custom didn’t live on to nowadays however the name of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas accesories in house should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ beliefs, extension of that deadline can entrailed with bad luck.
Christmas is unusual period in UK and in the other areas of world. Try to live that time with family and be glad of birth of Jesus.