What do you know about Holidays in UK? We present the key informations about time of Christmas and its beginnings.
Christmas in UK – beginnings
The beginnigs of Christmas stretch back thousands of years and they are related with prehistoric celebrations round the midwinter solstice. A lots of elements of Holidays have origins in pagan culture. Customs of Holidays reach United Kingdom too, but the form of some custom was modified. The interesting fact is that traditions are different between areas of the UK.
Holidays in UK – when it is?
Holidays day in the United Kingdom is on December 25. But ealier there is an Advent – from the first day of December to December 24th. It is period in which practice is using of calendar for Advent and advent candles. 24th day of December is called Christmas Eve. All families spend evening on Christmas dinner. At 12 a.m. many Britishers go to church where take place religious service. December 25th, families started from opening gifts. Majority go afternoon to church and then watch the Speech of Queen. All day pass for rest.
Boxing Day in UK
December 26th is called Boxing Day. It is free day in United Kingdom however if it will be during a Saturday or Sunday, then free day is declared direct after weekend. Boxing Day is day to give presents to family, friends and another people. History of Boxing Day started in medieval times. Then all of priests were supposed to open ale box for alms and distribute the bounties to the poor. Rich ones, after Christmas feasts packed up the remains in boxes and distributed out to their minions. Mentioned custom did not remain to these days but the term of Boxing Day is constantly use. Holidays accesories in house should be hidden until January 6th (celebration Epiphany). In British’s convictions, noncompliance of that date can entrailed with tough luck.
Holidays is unusual time in United Kingdom and everywhere. Try to spend that time with family and be happy of birth of Jesus.