What do you know about Holidays in United Kingdom? We present the most important informations about time of Holidays and its beginnings.
Christmas in United Kingdom – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are related with old celebrations around the midwinter solstice. Many elements of Holidays derived from pagan. Customs of Christmas come to UK too, but the form of some traditions was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between areas of the UK.
Christmas in UK – time
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It’s time in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and candles for Advent. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. All families sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many Britishers go to church where take place church service. December 25th, families begin from opening presents. Majority go that day to church and next watch the Speech of Queen. That day pass for relax.
Boxing Day in UK
December 26th is Boxing Day. It is free day in England but if it will be on a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to loved ones, friends and other people. History of Boxing Day come from medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the contents to the poor. Rich people, after Christmas feasts packed up the remains in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned tradition did not remain to these days but the term of Boxing Day is still in using. Christmas accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s convictions, extension of that deadline may ended with tough luck.
Christmas is amazing period in United Kingdom and in the other areas of world. Try to live that time with family and be glad of Jesus’s birth.