What do we know about Holidays in UK? We sum up the key facts about dates of Holidays and its beginnings.
Christmas in United Kingdom – beginnings
The origins of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are related with prehistoric ceremonies around the shortest day of year. A lots of elements of Christmas have pagan origins. Traditions of Christmas come to United Kingdom too, but the way of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that customs are different between areas of the UK.
Holidays in United Kingdom – more than a few days
Christmas day in the UK is celebrated on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from December 1st to Christmas Eve. It’s time in which popular is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people go to church where take place church service. The first day of Christmas, people started from opening gifts. Most of people go afternoon to church and then watch the Speech of Queen. That day is spend for rest.
Second day of Holidays in United Kingdom
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It’s free day in UK however if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is provided direct after weekend. Boxing Day is day to give presents to loved ones, friends and other ones. Beginning of Boxing Day come from Middle Ages. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and distribute the gifs to the poor. Rich people, after Christmas feasts packed up the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned tradition didn’t remain to nowadays however the name of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas decoratives in home can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s convictions, extension of that date can bring tough luck.
Holidays is unusual time in UK and everywhere. Try to spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of Jesus’s birth.