It’s odd that this year the one Canadian in the group has her blog days on the two holiday Fridays – Black Friday and Boxing Day. You, or most of you, are familiar with Black Friday but in Canada, traditionally our big shopping day is the day AFTER Christmas and it’s called Boxing Day. It’s also a statutory holiday! Yay me! 🙂
According to Wikipedia, Boxing Day is:
In Scotland, Boxing Day has been specified as an additional bank holiday since 1974, by Royal Proclamation under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act, 1971.
In Ireland – when the island as a whole was part of the UK – the Bank Holiday’s Act established the feast day of St. Stephen as a non-movable public holiday on 26 December. Since the creation of the Republic of Ireland following partition in 1920, Northern Ireland – being part of the United Kingdom – officially reverted to use of the British name ‘Boxing Day’.
In Australia, Boxing Day is a federal public holiday. In the Australian state of South Australia, 28 December is a public holiday known as Proclamation Day and Boxing Day is not normally a public holiday. The holiday for Proclamation Day is observed on the first weekday after Christmas Day or the Christmas Day holiday. Nowadays Boxing Day is popular in Australia as the first day of a Test cricket match held at the MCG. A Test match is also often held in South Africa starting on Boxing Day.
In New Zealand Boxing Day is a statutory holiday; penalty rates and lieu time are provided to employees who work on the day.
In Canada, Boxing Day is a federal statutory holiday. Government offices, banks and post offices/delivery are closed. In some Canadian provinces, Boxing Day is a statutory holiday that is always celebrated on 26 December. In Canadian provinces where Boxing Day was a statutory holiday, and it falls on a Saturday or Sunday, compensation days are given in the following week.
In the US, Boxing Day is celebrated as a public holiday in a few states – Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Texas.Although referred to informally as Boxing Day, officially it is called “Day After Christmas Day”.
Although it has become a ferocious shopping day in many places, there are others in Canada that are equally strong against shopping on this day of rest and shops are not allowed by law to open on that day. Many use this day to recuperate from Christmas.
Personally I think that’s the best use of a holiday, too! Guess how I plan to spend the day… 🙂