Holidays in UK
What do we know about Christmas in UK? We present the key facts about dates of Holidays and its history.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The origins of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are related with prehistoric celebrations around the midwinter solstice. Many aspects of Holidays have origins in pagan culture. Traditions of Christmas come to UK too, but the form of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between areas of the UK.
Christmas in UK – dates
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But before that there is an Advent – from the first day of December through Christmas Eve. It is period 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 Britishers go to church where is church service. December 25th, families started from opening presents. Majority go afternoon to church and then listen to the Queen’s Speech. All day pass for rest.
Second day of Holidays in UK
December 26th is Boxing Day. It’s bank holiday in UK but if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is provided direct after Sunday. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and other ones. Tradition of second day of Holidays come from Middle Ages. In that time all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and give the contents to the poor. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts take the rest of foods in boxes and gave out to their servants. That tradition didn’t live on to these days however the name of Boxing Day is still in using. Holidays accesories in house should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In British’s convictions, noncompliance of that deadline can entrailed with bad luck.
Christmas is magical time in UK and in the other areas of world. Try to spend that time with our loved ones and be glad of Jesus’s birth.