What do we know about Holidays in UK? We present the most important facts about dates of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – where did they come from?
The beginnigs of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are related with old celebrations round the shortest day of year. A lots of aspects of Holidays derived from pagan. Customs of Christmas reach UK too, however the way of some traditions was changed. The oddity is that customs differ between areas of the UK.
Holidays in United Kingdom – time
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from December 1st to December 24th. It’s time in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. December 24th is Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight a lots of people walk to church where is religious service. The first day of Holidays, families started from unpacking presents. Most of people walk afternoon to church and then watch the Speech of Queen. That day is spend for rest.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in England but if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is provided direct after weekend. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to family, friends and other people. Beginning of second day of Holidays come from medieval times. Then all of priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the gifs to indigents. Rich people, after Christmas banquets take the remains in boxes and distributed out to their minions. That custom did not remain to these days however the name of Boxing Day is still in using. Holidays accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that date may entrailed with bad luck.
Holidays is unusual period in United Kingdom and everywhere. Let’s spend that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.