In Australia, Boxing Day is one of the most celebrated public holidays that fall on the next day after Christmas. By date, it automatically is observed every December 26. Aside from Australia, other countries like Uganda, Fiji, Hong Kong, Belize, Canda, UK, and other previous British colonies celebrate the event.
There are a few theories on why it is specifically called ‘Boxing Day’ but has no clear basis up to this day. One of these theories is from the early 1800s in Britain which signifies the first possible date for the resume of postal services, as well as the arrival of packages. Meanwhile, another theory also points to the tradition of wealthy European families when they give boxes filled with Christmas treats for their staff.
While there is a huge possibility about these theories, Boxing Day will always be celebrated especially.
Boxing Day is celebrated differently in every country. Some put extra effort into their meals during this special day, while others celebrate it by fox hunting. Now, this is how Australia celebrates it.
Shopping on Boxing Day
In Australia, ‘Boxing Day Sales’ is one of the most anticipated shopping splurges. Australians spend up to $2.4 million during this day. Annually, thousands of shoppers are anticipated on department stores and other shops to score a bargain. The shops usually open very early and close late at night to accommodate all the shoppers. And as it is considered a huge event, it has always been broadcasted around the country.
Cricket Test Matches
Every December 26, the Melbourne Cricket Grounds is brimming with thousands of cricket fans. They all flock for the annual five-day test matches against other different countries. Between 1999 and 2007, the Australian cricket team won all the Boxing Day test matches marking a huge victory for the nation.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Another notable sport that happens every December 26 is the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. The race covers a distance of 630 nautical miles between Sydney Harbour and Hobart on the island of Tasmania. Hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, it is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world.
Boxing Day is a Public Holiday
Boxing Day is a public holiday in most countries that celebrates it. Schools, organisations, and other establishments are usually closed during the day. Even public transportation is significantly less in numbers but in other areas, there is absolutely none.
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