What do you know about Holidays in UK? We sum up the key facts about dates of Christmas and its history.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are connected with prehistoric ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. Many aspects of Christmas have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Christmas reach UK too, however the form of some custom was changed. The interesting fact is that customs differ between areas of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – time
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It’s period in which practice is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of Britishers walk to church where is church service. The first day of Holidays, people begin from unpacking presents. Majority go afternoon to church and next listen to the Speech of Queen. That day pass for relax.
Boxing Day in UK
Day after Christmas is Boxing Day. It’s free day in United Kingdom but if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is provided on first day of next week. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and another ones. History of Boxing Day started in Middle Ages. In that time priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the contents to indigents. Rich people, after Christmas banquets packed up the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their servants. That custom didn’t live on to these days but the term of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that deadline can bring bad luck.
Christmas is unusual time in United Kingdom and everywhere. Let’s spend that time with our loved ones and be happy of Jesus’s birth.