What do you know about Christmas in United Kingdom? We present the most important facts about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Holidays in United Kingdom – where did they come from?
The beginnigs of Christmas started back thousands of years and they are connected with old celebrations around the midwinter solstice. A lots of aspects of Christmas derived from pagan. Customs of Holidays reach UK too, although the form of some traditions was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between areas of the United Kingdom.
Holidays in UK – period of celebrating
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 December 24th. It is time in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and advent candles. December 24th is Christmas Eve. People spend evening on Christmas dinner. At midnight many people go to church where is religious service. The first day of Holidays, families started from opening presents. Most of people go afternoon to church and next watch the Queen’s Speech. That day is spend for rest.
Boxing Day in United Kingdom
Second day of Christmas is Boxing Day. It is free day in United Kingdom however if it will be during a weekend, then bank holiday is declared direct after weekend. Boxing Day is day to give presents to loved ones, buddies and another people. Tradition of Boxing Day started in medieval times. Then priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and distribute the bounties to the poor. Wealthy ones, after Christmas banquets packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their minions. That tradition did not remain to these days however the name of Boxing Day is constantly use. Holidays decoratives in house should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s beliefs, noncompliance of that deadline may entrailed with tough luck.
Christmas is amazing period in United Kingdom and everywhere. Try to live that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.