What do you know about Holidays in UK? We present the key informations about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are related with old ceremonies round the shortest day of year. Many elements of Holidays have pagan origins. Customs of Holidays come to United Kingdom too, although the way of some traditions was changed. The oddity is that traditions differ between regions of the UK.
Christmas in United Kingdom – dates
Holidays day in the UK is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It’s period in which popular is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people go to church where is church service. December 25th, people started from unpacking gifts. Most of people walk that day to church and next listen to the Queen’s Speech. That day is spend for relax.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
Second day of Christmas is Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in United Kingdom but if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is provided direct after weekend. Boxing Day is time to give presents to family, friends and another ones. History of Boxing Day started in medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and distribute the contents to the poor. Rich people, after Christmas banquets packed up the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned tradition did not remain to these days but the term of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas decoratives in home can be keep until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s convictions, noncompliance of that deadline can entrailed with bad luck.
Holidays is unusual period in UK and in the other areas of world. Let’s live that time with family and be glad of Jesus’s birth.