Boxing Day: History and Praznovanie
Many of us have heard that some countries celebrate Boxing Day. But not many people know that in Russia there has been something similar since recently. The Russians did not copy imported traditions and came up with their own, unique holiday. This day is not marked red in the calendar and is only an occasion to please your relatives with presents.
This holiday in the UK
Initially, Boxing Day in Foggy Albion was planned to enable families after Christmas to continue to enjoy each other's company. Therefore, they celebrate Boxing Day on December 26th. In the UK, this day is the official weekend, and if it coincides with Sunday, it is postponed to the next day. The British honor their centuries-old traditions, so everyone knows the history of the holiday. Several centuries ago, the day after the Christmas celebration, employers sought to encourage their employees and distribute money and valuables between them. Weaving factories encouraged their workers with cloth, grocery stores - products.
Tradition in modern society
Nowadays this tradition has been transformed, and now people in the UK have a unique opportunity to buy goods at discounted prices on a build-up sale. Also on Boxing Day, it is customary to attend various sports events. As the founders of football, the British did not fail the opportunity to make an additional tour in the championship of the Premier League.
You can give anything on this day. The main thing is that the gift should be packed in a beautiful festive box. After all, word-for-word Boxing Day is translated as "a day of boxes". Congratulations on the day of gifts are usually received and all employees of the service. Despite the fact that the British, like all other people in the world, are involved in the pre-holiday fuss, they are so polite that they do not forget to write a few words to all the people they interacted with during the year. Holiday cards with warm congratulations are received by all salesmen, postmen, laundry workers and other attendants. Mail works in a strengthened mode and delivers to the addressees more than a billion postcards.
Several versions of the origin
Now this holiday is often called the second Christmas day. But to a single version of the origin of this holiday so no one came. Too many sources are eager to appropriate authorship. In addition to the fact that employers presented their workers with valuable things, servants were encouraged in every home. The hosts also sought to thank the servants for their good work during the year, gave gifts and provided a day off.
In the churches, all the offerings that were received on Christmas Day were collected and handed out the next day to all those in need. Well, the name of the Christmas present in the UK echoes the name of the holiday itself. Hence an interesting version of the origin of the name. The fact is that on Christmas night in each family a child traditionally received a gift box. The children went to bed, and in the morning they hurried to the tree in the hope of finding the cherished contents.
Boxes are everywhere
The boxes themselves were not particularly interested and were immediately abandoned somewhere in the corner. In large families, the following day after Christmas, the house literally bursting with empty festive boxes. That's how the funny name could appear, which looks more harmonious in interpretation to other languages. On this day all the boxes had to be liquidated. There is a version that people could give a gift they did not like back to the store.
By the way, these days, Boxing Day, in addition to a grand Christmas sale, promises many modern employees various bonuses and incentives from employers.
How do you spend this day?
Christmas is already behind, behind countless preparations, vanity and waste of nervous energy. On December 26, it is possible to breathe out with relief and spend this day enjoying the family's society. Most often the British prefer to travel to nature outside the city, they meet with their relatives and friends. Ardent fans of shopping are ready to be on duty at midnight shops, if only to be among the first on profitable sales.
Earlier in this day, the British elite loved to hunt foxes. They wore red festive uniforms, sat on horses and surrounded themselves with a whole flock of hunting dogs. Now hunting for animals is officially banned, so gambling people are increasingly inclined to visit horse racing.
Officially, this holiday is held in all countries of the Commonwealth of Nations. Therefore, in addition to Britain, this day is officially celebrated in all its former colonies and dominions: in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and several small island states.
This day in Russia
Russian citizens in the 20th century moved away from tradition with a big celebration of Christmas, so our Boxing Day can not be copied from the British counterpart. Therefore, a group of enterprising and enterprising individuals decided to establish something similar on September 20, 2012. How to know, maybe this tradition will get accustomed, and soon we will have another legitimate day off? Everyone can visit the event of the so-called High Gift Fashion and pick up gifts for Children's Day or for the New Year.
Acquaintance with a high fashion gift
The purpose of the event is to familiarize the mass consumer with the innovations in the industry. It's no secret that most people are constantly puzzling over what to give to their relatives and friends on the occasion. And so the offerings are reduced to banal certificates, envelopes with money, cosmetics, household appliances and jewelry. Many people like to give funny gifts for their birthday, but not everyone knows where to get original ideas.
With your own hands
Even if people do not have enough money for a gift from a brand designer, people can borrow some ideas for their own creative inspiration at fact-finding exhibitions. After all, as is known, for our loved ones, the main thing is not the gift itself, but the attention. Therefore, if you do not know how to make a gift for yourself on the birthday of your husband, mother or daughter, be sure to visit the gift party.
At the event there is always a creative workshop where everyone can take part in the making of a unique gift. Even a mug with your own autograph, a T-shirt with a funny inscription on your own, or a creative umbrella will be a great help for starting your personal design path in decorating gifts.
Well, the British can borrow the entourage and design. Very often we neglect the rule of furnishing our presentations beautifully, believing that this is superfluous. Undoubtedly, the bright box quickly opens and immediately pushes into the corner. However, the very fact of anticipation of a miracle at a time when a loved one or a child discovers a beautiful package, his emotions, are worth a lot.
Have you come up with original birthday greetings? With gifts that are made with your own hands, your loved ones will remember the holiday for a long time.