Christmas in United Kingdom
What do we know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We sum up the key facts about dates of Holidays and its history.
Holidays in United Kingdom – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are connected with old ceremonies around the shortest day of year. A lots of aspects of Christmas derived from pagan. Traditions of Holidays reach United Kingdom too, however the way of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in United Kingdom – day by day
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st through Christmas Eve. It is period in which popular is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people walk to church where is church service. December 25th, people started from unpacking gifts. Majority go afternoon to church and then listen to the Queen’s Speech. That day is spend for relax.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
Day after Christmas is Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in England but if it happens during a weekend, then bank holiday is provided direct after Sunday. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and another ones. Tradition of Boxing Day started in Middle Ages. Then all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and give the bounties to the poor. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts packed up the remains in boxes and gave out to their servants. Mentioned tradition did not remain to these days but the name of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas decoratives in house should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s beliefs, extension of that date can entrailed with tough luck.
Holidays is magical time in UK and in the other areas of world. Let’s spend that time with our loved ones and be happy of Jesus’s birth.