What do we know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We present the key informations about dates of Holidays and its beginnings.
Holidays in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are related with prehistoric ceremonies round the shortest day of year. Many aspects of Christmas have pagan origins. Customs of Holidays come to UK too, although the way of some traditions was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between regions of the United Kingdom.
Christmas in United Kingdom – dates
Holidays day in the UK is on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December through December 24th. It’s time in which practice is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of Britishers go to church where is church service. December 25th, people begin from opening presents. Most of people walk that day to church and next listen to the Queen’s Speech. All day is spend for relax.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
December 26th is Boxing Day. It is bank holiday in UK but if it will be during a weekend, then free day is provided direct after weekend. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to family, buddies and other ones. Tradition of Boxing Day started in Middle Ages. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the contents to indigents. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts take the remains in boxes and gave out to their servants. Mentioned tradition didn’t live on to these days but the term of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas decoratives in home should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, noncompliance of that date can bring tough luck.
Holidays is magical period in UK and everywhere. Try to live that time with our loved ones and be glad of Jesus’s birth.