Boxing Day 2022
History, celebration, and everything you need to know
Boxing Day is to be observed as a bank holiday between Christmas and New Year's Day every year on 26th December
Boxing Day was named during Queen Victoria's rule in the 1800s and has nothing to do with sports..
The name comes from a time when the wealthy would package gifts to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a holiday for servants.
If it ever falls on a Saturday, then it is celebrated on Monday
If it falls on a Sunday then it is celebrated on Tuesday
On Boxing Day, the servants would also return home to give their families Christmas boxes.
In sports, Boxing Day commemorates the return of action to the field for the first day after Christmas.
The Boxing Day tradition spread thanks to the Churches in Britain, which collected money from worshippers and redistributed it to the poor during the Christmas season.