Holidays in UK
What do you know about Holidays in United Kingdom? We sum up the key facts about time of Holidays and its history.
Holidays in United Kingdom – beginnings
The origins of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are related with prehistoric celebrations round the shortest day of year. Many aspects of Holidays have origins in pagan culture. Traditions of Christmas come to United Kingdom too, but the way of some traditions was changed. The oddity is that customs differ 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 December 1st through Christmas Eve. It is period in which popular is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. December 24th is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. a lots of people walk to church where is religious service. The first day of Holidays, families begin from opening gifts. Majority go afternoon to church and then listen to the Queen’s Speech. That day is spend for rest.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It’s free day in UK however if it happens during a weekend, then free day is provided direct after weekend. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and another ones. Tradition of second day of Holidays come from Middle Ages. Then all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and give the contents to the poor. Rich ones, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their servants. Mentioned tradition did not remain to nowadays however the term of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas decoratives in house should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ convictions, noncompliance of that date can bring bad luck.
Holidays is amazing period in United Kingdom and everywhere. Try to live that time with family and be glad of birth of Jesus.