What do you know about Holidays in UK? We sum up the key facts about dates of Christmas and its history.
Christmas in UK – how it started?
The origins of Christmas stretch 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 Holidays come to United Kingdom too, but the form of some custom was modified. The oddity is that customs differ between regions of the UK.
Holidays in UK – period of celebrating
Holidays day in the UK is celebrated on December 25. However ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December to December 24th. It’s period in which popular is using of advent calendar and candles for Advent. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight a lots of Britishers walk to church where take place church service. December 25th, people started from unpacking gifts. Most of people go afternoon to church and then watch the Queen’s Speech. All day pass for relax.
Second day of Christmas in United Kingdom
December 26th is Boxing Day. It is free day in England however if it will be during a weekend, then free day is declared direct after Sunday. Boxing Day is day to give gifts to family, buddies and other ones. Beginning of second day of Christmas come from medieval times. In that time priests were supposed to empty ale alms box and give the bounties to the poor. Wealthy people, after Christmas banquets take the remains in boxes and gave out to their minions. Mentioned tradition did not remain to these days however the name of Boxing Day is constantly in using. Christmas accesories in home should be hidden until January 6th (the day of Epiphany). In Britishers’ beliefs, extension of that date may ended with bad luck.
Christmas is magical period in UK and in the other areas of world. Try to spend that time with family and be glad of birth of Jesus.