Boxing Day (in lieu) in United Kingdom in 2021

Boxing Day (in lieu) in United Kingdom in 2021

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Boxing Day (in lieu)
  Dates of Boxing Day (in lieu) in United Kingdom
2023 United Kingdom Tue, Dec 26 Bank Holiday
2022 United Kingdom Mon, Dec 26 Bank Holiday (in lieu)
2021 United Kingdom Tue, Dec 28 Bank Holiday (in lieu)
2020 United Kingdom Mon, Dec 28 Bank Holiday (in lieu)
2019 United Kingdom Thu, Dec 26 Bank Holiday

As Boxing Day falls on a Sunday in 2020, the following Tuesday will be a public holiday

  Boxing Day (in lieu) in other countries
Boxing Day (in lieu) internationally

Boxing Day in United Kingdom

On Boxing Day, most shops will open as the January sales traditionally begin. Public transport will be limited and often engineering work takes places on key rail and tube lines over the Christmas break.

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'.

Boxing Day as a UK Public Holiday

Boxing Day was officially recognised as a bank holiday in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in 1871 and in Scotland it was recognised as an official bank holiday in 1974.

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