What do we know about Holidays in UK? We sum up the most important facts about time of Holidays and its history.
Holidays in United Kingdom – how it started?
The origins of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are connected with old celebrations round the midwinter solstice. Many elements of Holidays derived from pagan. Customs of Holidays reach UK too, however the form of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between areas of the UK.
Christmas in UK – time
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to Christmas Eve. It is time in which popular is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people go to church where is religious service. The first day of Christmas, people started from unpacking gifts. Majority walk that day to church and next watch the Speech of Queen. That day pass for relax.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
December 26th is Boxing Day. It is free day in England but if it will be during a weekend, then free day is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is time to give presents to loved ones, friends and another ones. Tradition of second day of Christmas started in medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the contents to indigents. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets packed up the rest of foods in boxes and distributed out to their servants. Mentioned tradition didn’t live on to nowadays but the term of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Holidays accesories in house should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s beliefs, extension of that date may ended with tough luck.
Christmas is unusual period in United Kingdom and all over the world. Let’s live that time with family and be glad of Jesus’s birth.