What do we know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We sum up the most important facts about dates of Holidays and its history.
Holidays in United Kingdom – where did they come from?
The beginnigs of Christmas started thousands years ago and they are connected with prehistoric ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. A lots of aspects of Holidays derived from pagan. Traditions of Holidays come to United Kingdom too, although the form of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between areas of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in United Kingdom – time
Christmas day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from December 1st through December 24th. It’s period in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and advent candles. 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 religious service. The first day of Christmas, families started from unpacking gifts. Majority walk that day to church and next listen to the Speech of Queen. That day is spend for relax.
Second day of Christmas in United Kingdom
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in UK but if it happens on a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared direct after weekend. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to family, buddies and another ones. History of second day of Christmas come from medieval times. Then all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and distribute the contents to indigents. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts take the remains in boxes and distributed out to their servants. Mentioned tradition did not remain to these days but the term of Boxing Day is still in using. Holidays decoratives in home can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s convictions, extension of that date may entrailed with bad luck.
Christmas is unusual time in UK and all over the world. Let’s live that time with our loved ones and be happy of birth of Jesus.