Christmas in UK
What do we know about Holidays in United Kingdom? We sum up the key facts about dates of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The origins of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are related with old ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. Many aspects of Holidays derived from pagan. Traditions of Christmas reach UK too, however the form of some traditions was modified. The oddity is that traditions differ between regions of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – more than a few days
Holidays day in the UK is on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st through Christmas Eve. It’s time in which popular is using of advent calendar and advent candles. December 24th is Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many people go to church where take place religious service. December 25th, families begin from opening gifts. Most of people walk that day to church and next watch the Speech of Queen. All day is spend for rest.
Boxing Day in UK
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It is free day in United Kingdom but if it happens on a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is declared direct after weekend. Boxing Day is time to give presents to loved ones, buddies and other people. History of Boxing Day come from medieval times. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the contents to the poor. Wealthy ones, after Christmas feasts packed up the rest of foods in boxes and distributed out to their servants. That tradition did not remain to nowadays but the name of Boxing Day is still in using. Christmas accesories in house should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, extension of that date may entrailed with bad luck.
Christmas is unusual period in United Kingdom and in the other areas of world. Try to spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of Jesus’s birth.