What do you know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We sum up the key facts about dates of Christmas and its beginnings.
Holidays in UK – where did they come from?
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch thousands years ago and they are connected with prehistoric ceremonies round the shortest day of year. A lots of elements of Holidays have pagan origins. Traditions of Holidays reach United Kingdom too, although the form of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions differ between areas of the UK.
Christmas in UK – more than a few days
Holidays day in the UK is celebrated on December 25. However before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December to December 24th. It is time in which practice is using of advent calendar and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight many people walk to church where take place religious service. December 25th, people started from opening gifts. Most of people walk afternoon to church and then watch the Speech of Queen. That day pass for rest.
Second day of Christmas in United Kingdom
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in UK however if it happens on a Saturday or Sunday, then bank holiday is provided direct after Sunday. Boxing Day is time to give gifts to loved ones, buddies and other ones. Tradition of Boxing Day started in medieval times. Then priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the contents to the poor. Rich people, after Christmas feasts take the remains in boxes and distributed out to their minions. That custom didn’t live on to these days but the term of Boxing Day is still use. Christmas decoratives in house can be keep until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In Britishers’ beliefs, extension of that date may entrailed with tough luck.
Holidays is unusual period in United Kingdom and in the other areas of world. Let’s live that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.