Boxing Day in Australia in 2019

Boxing Day in Australia in 2019
  How long until Boxing Day?
This holiday next takes place in 39 days.
  Dates of Boxing Day in Australia
2021 Dec 28
ACTTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
New South WalesTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday
Northern TerritoryTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday
QueenslandTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday
TasmaniaTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday
VictoriaTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday
Western AustraliaTue, Dec 28Regional Holiday
2020 Dec 26, Dec 28
ACTMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
New South WalesMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
Northern TerritoryMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
QueenslandMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
TasmaniaMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
VictoriaMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
Western AustraliaMon, Dec 28Regional Holiday (additional day)
ACTSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New South WalesSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
QueenslandSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TasmaniaSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
VictoriaSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Western AustraliaSat, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2019 Dec 26
ACTThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New South WalesThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Northern TerritoryThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
QueenslandThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TasmaniaThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
VictoriaThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Western AustraliaThu, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2018 Dec 26
ACTWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New South WalesWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Northern TerritoryWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
QueenslandWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TasmaniaWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
VictoriaWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Western AustraliaWed, Dec 26Regional Holiday
2017 Dec 26
ACTTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
New South WalesTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Northern TerritoryTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
QueenslandTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
TasmaniaTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
VictoriaTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
Western AustraliaTue, Dec 26Regional Holiday
  Summary
The second day of Christmas is known as Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.
  Boxing Day in other countries
Boxing Day internationally
  Which regions observe Boxing Day in 2019?
ACT  ACTDec 26Regional Holiday
New South Wales  New South WalesDec 26Regional Holiday
Northern Territory  Northern TerritoryDec 26Regional Holiday
Queensland  QueenslandDec 26Regional Holiday
Tasmania  TasmaniaDec 26Regional Holiday
Victoria  VictoriaDec 26Regional Holiday
Western Australia  Western AustraliaDec 26Regional Holiday

This public holiday is celebrated on 26th December in several countries as part of the Christmas holidays.

Typically it will be moved and celebrated on the next weekday if 26th December is a Saturday or Sunday. If Christmas Day falls on a weekend, Boxing Day may be observed on Tuesday 27th December.

It has been said that the name of Boxing Day comes from people getting rid of empty boxes from presents after Christmas day. While a beguiling notion, the tradition dates back to England in the middle ages, though the exact origin is debatable

One theory is that it comes from the fact that servants were given their presents in boxes on this day, the 26th being the first working day after Christmas day. This tradition of giving gifts for service extended beyond servants to tradesmen, such as milkmen, butchers, etc.

Another popular theory is that it is named after the custom of priests opening alms boxes in churches after Christmas. These held money which had been donated to the poor and needy in the run-up to Christmas. Some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day.

Australia

In South Australia, Boxing day is known as Proclamation day. It celebrates the proclamation of South Australia as a British province by Captain John Hindmarsh when he arrived at Holdfast Bay on 28 December 1836.

South Africa

In South Africa, December 26th is a public holiday known as the Day of Goodwill. Before 1980, the day was celebrated as Boxing Day.

United Kingdom

Boxing Day has been a Bank Holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1871. Having this status during the height of the British Empire explains why this holiday is still celebrated in many Commonwealth countries.

St. Stephen's Day

In non-Commonwealth countries, the day is more commonly referred to as St Stephen's Day or the feast of Stephen as mentioned in the carol 'Good King Wenceslas'.

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