Boxing Day in Jamaica in 2021

Boxing Day in Jamaica in 2021

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Boxing Day
  Dates of Boxing Day in Jamaica
2023 Jamaica Tue, Dec 26 National Holiday
2022 Jamaica Tue, Dec 27 National Holiday (in lieu)
2021 Jamaica Sun, Dec 26 National Holiday
2020 Jamaica Sat, Dec 26 National Holiday
2019 Jamaica Thu, Dec 26 National Holiday

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

Boxing Day in Jamaica

In Jamaica, it is more accurate to say that Boxing Day is the day after Christmas rather than December 26th. If Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the Monday and Tuesday immediately following will be public holidays. However, if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, Boxing Day will then fall on a Sunday and will not move to the Monday. Equally, if Christmas Day falls on a Friday, Boxing Day will be observed on Saturday.

When is Boxing Day?

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

Typically it will be moved and celebrated on the next working day if December 26th is a Saturday or Sunday.

Traditions of Boxing Day

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.


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 December 28th 1836.

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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