ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Holidays and Celebrations»
  • UK Holidays

Boxing Day - Day after Christmas

Updated on December 27, 2011
Junkanoo musician
Junkanoo musician | Source
Son in a costume - headdress
Son in a costume - headdress | Source

Another holiday

Boxing day, is the day after Christmas day. It is typically a holiday. It is another day where businesses are closed and people continue to celebrate with food, family and good cheer. Boxing day is usually honored in countries that are part of the British commonwealth or have some history of British rule and colonization.

Boxing day around the world is celebrated in a myriad of ways. But it's historic tidbits has it linked with giving. The wealthy of Britain and English colonies collected money - alms, that was used to help the church and the poor.

To me Boxing day was another day to celebrate, take part in Junkanoo -this is a parade of different groups, competing for a the title of whose' the best', dressed in elaborate costumes, with gombey and other music, people dancing / rushing down Bay street to rhythms influenced by African drums and traditions, also hanging out with family and friends, while we continued to eat foods like boiled fish, grits, johnny cake and other Bahamian goodies.

Growing up in the Bahamas afforded me exposure to English influence, words, culture, holidays, and customs. Most places that have been colonized by the British and who still have ties to the English systems of laws and influence, still carry on British traditions.

Celebrating Boxing day as a holiday, the day after Christmas day is another one of those traditions. But in every colony, whether independent or not Boxing day celebrations are different.

Yet, they are still the same, businesses close, there are gatherings and food, sometimes gifts are still given.

Boxing day originated in the United Kingdom, Britain specifically and is celebrated in countries that are part of the commonwealth, like Canada, Australia and of course the Bahamas.

Tidbits, and theories

  1. Day after Christmas
  2. public holiday
  3. a day of collecting money in boxes, Church Alm wooden boxes or clay boxes for the poor
  4. day for the wealthy to give boxed presents to servants
  5. vacation day for servants who worked on Christmas day
  6. celebrated in Britain, England and the Commonwealth countries
  7. day to give gifts to tradesman, example mail carriers
  8. bank holiday and other business holiday
  9. the feast of St Stephen, who was instrumental in taking care of the widows and the poor

Some historians theorize that Boxing day originated with the Romans and some say in the Middle Ages, so no one is totally convinced of its true start, although there are indications that social behavior because of the compassion of good King Wenceslas, these became common activities.

Recent history. Boxing day has taken on different connotations. Instead of the 'giving' day and sharing that it originated for, it is now a day of commerce. The retail potential of Boxing day is extreme in the UK, Britain and the commonwealth countries.

It is also a day for sports.

It's focus in no longer on giving, unless you look to the church and organizations like the Salvation Army and the like.

So sad...

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)