What do you know about Holidays in UK? We sum up the most important informations about time of Christmas and its history.
Christmas in UK – how it started?
The origins of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are related with old ceremonies around the midwinter solstice. Many elements of Christmas have pagan origins. Customs of Christmas come to UK too, although the way of some custom was changed. The interesting fact is that customs differ between areas of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – dates
Christmas day in the UK is celebrated on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st through December 24th. It’s time in which practice is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people go to church where is church service. The first day of Christmas, families begin from unpacking presents. Most of people go that day to church and then listen to the Queen’s Speech. All day is spend for rest.
Second day of Christmas in United Kingdom
Second day of Christmas is called Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in United Kingdom but if it happens on a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is provided on first day of next week. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to loved ones, buddies and another people. Beginning of Boxing Day started in Middle Ages. In that time priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the bounties to indigents. Rich people, after Christmas banquets take the remains in boxes and gave out to their servants. Mentioned tradition did not remain to nowadays however the name of Boxing Day is constantly use. Christmas decoratives in house should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, noncompliance of that deadline may ended with bad luck.
Holidays is magical time in United Kingdom and all over the world. Try to spend that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.