What do you know about Holidays in UK? We present the key facts about dates of Christmas and its beginnings.
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are related with prehistoric ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. Many aspects of Holidays have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Holidays come to United Kingdom too, however the form of some custom was changed. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between areas of the UK.
Christmas day in the UK is on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from December 1st to Christmas Eve. It’s period in which popular is using of calendar for Advent and advent candles. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. All families sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people go to church where is church service. The first day of Christmas, people begin from opening presents. Most of people go afternoon to church and next listen to the Queen’s Speech. That day pass for rest.
Day after Christmas is called Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in United Kingdom but if it happens on a weekend, then free day is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is time to give presents to family, friends and another ones. History of Boxing Day come from medieval times. In that time all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and distribute the bounties to indigents. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their servants. Mentioned tradition did not live on to these days but the term of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas decoratives in house can be keep until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ beliefs, noncompliance of that deadline can entrailed with bad luck.
Christmas is magical period in UK and everywhere. Try to live that time with our loved ones and be glad of birth of Jesus.