We all talk about Boxing Day but not most of us know quite a lot about it. Well here are 5 fun facts about the 26th day of December otherwise known as Boxing Day.

1. Boxing Day is called boxing day because it was the
day the family opened the box for the poor.

2. The Christmas Box was often made of clay or wood
and was where people placed gifts.

3. During the age of exploration, a Christmas Box
would be placed on a ship for good luck. A priest
would often place it there, and crewmen would drop
money in it to ensure a safe return. If the ship
returned safely, the priest would take the box and
distribute the contents to the poor.

4. Every church in England had an alms box which
was where folks placed money for the poor. The box
was opened on Dec. 26 and the contents were
distributed to the poor of the parish.

5. The tradition still continues today. Many of us give
small tokens to local workers. Kids also collect things
in boxes to be given to the local poor.

What other names do we have for the day after
Christmas? Check out the top facts here!

1. Boxing Day is celebrated all over the world, just
to name a few countries that celebrate this day
are: Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany,
Greenland, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, New
Zealand, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland
and the United Kingdom.

2. In South Africa, Boxing Day is known as ‘Day of

3. In Ireland they call Boxing Day ‘St. Stevens Day’.

4. In other continental European countries, it is
known as ‘Christmas II’ or ‘Second Christmas

5. Boxing Day traditions depend on the location,
however it includes shopping, giving money and
gifts to the less fortunate, and a day of watching
sporting events like horse racing and football.

6. On Boxing Day 2004 a massive earthquake
created a tsunami around the Indian Ocean
resulting in the deaths of over 300,000 people.

7. In Australia, New Zealand, Canada and UK,
Boxing Day is the heaviest shopping day of the

8. Boxing Day is one of the British bank holidays
recognised since 1871.

9. Most Nigerians believe Boxing Day is a day dedicated to boxers.

10. On Boxing Day in the UK, the most popular
online searches for shopping are sale items.

11. National Candy Cane Day is celebrated 26th
December every year in the United States.


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