Boxing Day is a holiday that is celebrated on December 26 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and other countries that have a strong British influence. It is traditionally a day when people give gifts, often money or other small presents, to those who are less fortunate or who have served them in some way, such as postmen, milkmen, and other service workers.
The origins of Boxing Day are somewhat unclear, but it is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom in the Middle Ages. One theory is that it was a day when churches opened their alms boxes and distributed the money to the poor. Another theory is that it was a day when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts from their employers, similar to Christmas bonuses.
Over time, Boxing Day has evolved into a more general holiday of gift-giving and service to others. It is also a public holiday in many countries, which means that it is a day off work for many people. In addition to gift-giving, Boxing Day is often marked by sporting events, such as horse racing and football (soccer) matches, and by sales and other special offers at stores and other businesses.