Why is 26 December called `Boxing Day'?
(B. Shobana, Meerut)
The word `boxing' has nothing to do with the sport; it has to do with boxes in which you put things. During the Christmas season a lot of people attend church and while they are there, they donate money and other goodies to the poor. The money and gifts are put in a box, and this is called a Christmas box. The boxes are opened by a priest the day after Christmas, and he in turn distributes the contents to the needy. This is why 26 December is called Boxing Day. For most cricket fans in India, `Boxing Day' is always associated with the first day of a test match in Australia.
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