Boxing Day December 26th, History and Online Shopping Ideas Australia
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in Great Britain and in number of countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the day after Christmas – December 26. Giant sales in large and small stores, big and small brands have become its distinctive feature. It is on Boxing Day that you can buy any item you like at half price. There are many theories about the emergence of the Day of Gifts, but everyone agrees that the holiday began with the custom of giving money and gifts to people of lower social status. Gifts among their own kind were exchanged on the eve of Christmas, while the poor received gifts last. Gifts were given in boxes, hence the name – Boxing Day.
In the last century, Boxing Day became an official holiday. The combination of two holidays – Christmas and Boxing Day – has further strengthened the tradition of gathering families for Christmas. And in Australia, Boxing Day is also becoming a significant sports day (similar in intensity to the ANZAC Day ceremonies). In Melbourne, there is a test match on the main cricket field, the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race begins in Sydney, which is called the icon of the Australian summer sports, and competes in popularity with such high-profile events as the Davis Cup (tennis) Melbourne Cup (horse racing). By the way, Catholics have a holiday-analogue to the Day of Gifts, which is also celebrated on December 26, St. Stephen’s Day. It has similar traditions, so these holidays are often confused with each other.
Following are the stores and brands for online shopping on Boxing day and New Year!