Why is Boxing Day called Boxing Day ? , and what is it for ?
Boxing Day dates back to past centuries when it was the custom for the wealthy to give gifts to employees or to people in a lower social class, most especially to household servants and other service personnel. The name has numerous folk etymologies.
As with Christmas itself, some elements of Boxing Day are also likely related to, and ultimately derived from, the ancient Roman Saturnalia, which also had elements of gift giving and social role reversal.
Here are a couple of websites on it that you might want to check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day http://www.funfacts.com.au/boxing-day-origins/
Boxing Day is a bank holiday or a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and countries in the Commonwealth of Nations with a mainly Christian population. In South Africa this public holiday is now known as the Day of Goodwill. It is based on the tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate members of society. Contemporary Boxing Day in many countries is for many a "shopping holiday" associated with post-Christmas sales and early starts to 'January sales'.
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And the domestic workers were given presents in boxes, it's believed to come from that.
never hearda that haa