Apart from the UK and Ireland, there is a government holiday in many Commonwealth countries on 26 December, the next day after Christmas. If December 26 is a Saturday or Sunday, then Boxing Day is celebrated on Monday. In the cricket world, Australia starts the Test match on this day every year.
Boxing Day 2022: The next day of Christmas i.e. 26 November is celebrated as Boxing Day but this day has nothing to do with boxing. In the cricket world, Australia starts the Test match every year on this day and it is called the ‘Boxing Day Test’. Australia plays Test matches on this day only in Melbourne.
What is boxing day
Apart from the UK and Ireland, there is a government holiday in many Commonwealth countries on 26 December, the next day after Christmas. If December 26 is a Saturday or Sunday, then Boxing Day is celebrated on Monday. On this day people spend time with family and do shopping. In old times, on this day rich people used to give gifts to the poor by filling them in boxes. On this day in the UK, sales at shops increase significantly. Once upon a time, on this day, the people of Britain used to participate in many activities on Boxing Day. Like swimming in the icy water of the English Channel, doing charity, etc. Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland.
When was the first Boxing Day Test match played?
The Boxing Day Test match started in 1950. First of all, this match was played between Australia and England at the international level, which Australia won. Although in the early days, it was not played every year. In 1952, South Africa played its first Boxing Day Test match against Australia. South Africa won this match. Then in 1968, the Boxing Day Test match was played. The tradition of playing it started every year in 1980. Since then the teams of Australia, England, and South Africa have been playing Boxing Day Test matches continuously.
Know how Boxing Day got its name
There are many stories about how the day of December 26 was named Boxing Day. The Oxford English Dictionary links the day to the year 1830 and Britain, stating that it is the first day of the week after Christmas Day. Those who do get a Christmas box. The name Boxing Day is probably derived from the tradition of this box.
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