Boxing Day is celebrated around the world. In fact, in South Africa, Boxing Day is known as “Day of Goodwill”, while in Ireland, Boxing Day is referred to as “St. Stevens Day” and in Europe, it is known as “Christmas II” or “Second Christmas Day”.
Boxing Day traditions vary depending on where in the world you live in, however, it usually includes shopping, giving money and gifts to the less fortunate, and a day of watching sporting events like horse racing and football. In fact in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK, Boxing Day is the heaviest shopping day of the year.
Boxing Day is a time to spend with family or friends, usually those you might have missed seeing on Christmas Day itself. It is also a time when the British show their eccentricity by taking part in all kinds of silly activities. These include bizarre traditions including swimming the icy cold English Channel, fun runs, and charity events.
With guests often dropping in to give their wishes for the season, the food and drink served on Boxing Day is usually far more relaxed than Christmas Day, with lunch usually being the leftovers from Christmas lunch.
In the UK, Baked Ham is a popular Boxing Day meat along with pease pudding and of course, mince pies with brandy butter or a slice of Christmas cake or other dessert.