St. Stephen's Day in Ireland in 2019

St. Stephen's Day in Ireland in 2019
  How long until St. Stephen's Day?
This holiday next takes place in 100 days.
  Dates of St. Stephen's Day in Ireland
2021 Ireland Sun, Dec 26 Bank Holiday
2020 Dec 26, Dec 28
IrelandMon, Dec 28Bank Holiday
IrelandSat, Dec 26Bank Holiday
2019 Ireland Thu, Dec 26 Bank Holiday
2018 Ireland Wed, Dec 26 Bank Holiday
2017 Ireland Tue, Dec 26 Bank Holiday
  Summary
The second day of Christmas is known as Boxing Day or St. Stephens Day. St Stephen was the first Christian martyr.
  St. Stephen's Day in other countries
St. Stephen's Day internationally

St. Stephen's Day in Ireland

In Ireland, December 26 may also be called Wren Day.

The name comes from a tradition on St. Stephen's Day when 'Wren Boys' would parade the body of a small bird from house to house. Dressed in disguise, they sang their song looking for money to 'bury the Wren'. They would sing 'Up with the kettle and down with the pan: Give us some money to bury the wren.' Nowadays the parades still take place, but the Wren has been replaced with a fake bird.

When is St. Stephen's Day?

Saint Stephen's Day, 26th December is the Feast of St. Stephen in Western Christianity. It is observed as the second day of Christmas holidays in several countries.

In commonwealth countries, the day after Christmas day is a holiday but known as Boxing Day. In some countries, the day after Christmas Day may also be known as the 'Second Day of Christmas' or the 'Day after Christmas'.

History of 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'.

Did you know?

St. Stephen is the patron saint of Bricklayers

There are two Saints called Stephen. St. Stephen's Day on 26th December commemorates St. Stephen who was the first Christian Martyr.

Stephen was a Greek Jew who had converted to Christianity. He was appointed as one of seven deacons to help with organizing the early Christian church.

Due to his preaching about Christianity, he was accused of blasphemy and stood trial at a Jewish court in about 34 CE.

During the trial he made a long speech, saying that Christianity supported the teachings of Moses. This so enraged the crowd at the trial, that he was dragged away and stoned to death by a mob. It is said that the mob was encouraged on by Saul of Tarsus, who later became Saint Paul.

The other St. Stephen was St. Stephen of Hungary, who was the first king of Hungary and is noted for converting the Magyar people to Christianity.

Good King Wenceslas

The feast of St. Stephen is probably best known for its appearance in the famous Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslas.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out On the feast of Stephen When the snow lay round about Deep and crisp and even"

Wenceslas was a King in Bohemia in the 10th century CE. Like Stephen, Wenceslas became a Saint after his death and like Stephen, even has his own public holiday.

The words to the carol were written by John Mason Neale in 1853. The music was originally from a song about spring, popular in the 14th century.

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