Why is it called Boxing Day? The origins of the public holiday after Christmas
Everyone knows Boxing Day is on December 26 and offers up great shopping sales and deep discounts, but why is it called Boxing Day? Dive into the surprising origins of Boxing Day and why it’s become synonymous with bargain hunting.
There are two kinds of people on Boxing Day in Australia: those who enjoy a relaxing day watching the cricket after a busy Christmas Day, and those who brave the shopping centres (or go online) to spend their gift cards and hunt for the famous Boxing Day sales. Although Boxing Day is starting to be outshone by Black Friday, it’s still an integral part of the Australian shopping calendar.
So, while many Australians love this public holiday for different reasons, why is it called Boxing Day and where did the holiday come from?