What do you know about Holidays in UK? We sum up the most important informations about dates of Christmas and its beginnings.
Holidays in UK – where did they come from?
The origins of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are connected with old ceremonies round the midwinter solstice. A lots of elements of Christmas derived from pagan. Traditions of Christmas come to United Kingdom too, although the form of some traditions was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between regions of the United Kingdom.
Christmas in UK – more than a few days
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is celebrated on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to Christmas Eve. It is time in which practice is using of advent calendar and advent candles. December 24th is Christmas Eve. People sit at the table on Christmas dinner. At midnight a lots of Britishers go to church where take place religious service. The first day of Christmas, families begin from unpacking presents. Most of people walk afternoon to church and then listen to the Speech of Queen. All day is spend for relax.
Second day of Holidays in UK
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It’s free day in England but if it will be on a weekend, then bank holiday is declared on first day of next week. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and another people. Tradition of Boxing Day come from Middle Ages. Then all of priests were supposed to empty ale box for alms and distribute the contents to the poor. Wealthy people, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and gave out to their minions. That tradition did not remain to these days but the name of Boxing Day is constantly use. Holidays accesories in home can be keep until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s beliefs, noncompliance of that deadline can ended with bad luck.
Christmas is amazing time in UK and in the other areas of world. Let’s live that time with our loved ones and be happy of birth of Jesus.