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Boxing Day

Boxing Day is considered a public holiday everywhere in Canada. It lands on the day after Christmas. Often it is celebrated simply by relaxing after the holiday festivities. Those who aren't run down yet can enjoy other celebrations. Some celebrate Boxing Day with a long shopping trip, as many businesses have Boxing Day sales.

Upcoming Dates For Boxing Day

Boxing Day is December 26th, following Christmas. It can fall anywhere in the week, so to keep you posted, here are the upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday, December 26, 2017
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • Thursday, December 26, 2019
  • Saturday, December 26, 2020
  • Sunday, December 26, 2021
  • Monday, December 26, 2022
  • Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • Thursday, December 26, 2024
  • Friday, December 26, 2025

Where Is Boxing Day Considered A Holiday?

Boxing Day is considered a federal holiday everywhere in Canada. But, it isn't observed everywhere. In Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, it isn't an official holiday. In Saskachewan, only government buildings are closed. In the small provinces, like Labrador, all stores are closed on Boxing Day. The government buildings will be closed, so many workers' have the day off to do what they please with. Many people will browse the local shops for great sales, as many businesses remain open. Public transportation will likely be running on a holiday schedule and schools will all remain closed.

Festivities & Events During Boxing Day

Boxing Day marks the end of the holidays for most people. Many choose to take the day to relax from the excitement of Christmas. For those who are still ready for more excitement, many shops have Boxing Day sales. These sales can range to be almost 75% off the merchandse, so it's a great time to shop. You may choose to return unwanted Christmas items as well, before you shove them into the closest and forget they are there. Also, hockey is often on the television, which many Canadians enjoy greatly.

A Brief History Of Boxing Day

Boxing Day is an important part of every holiday calendar. Although there is no definitive history for the holiday, it's said that the rich would often shower the poor in their unwanted goods. This included old clothing and food. Employers would give gifts to their employees as well. But, no one knows how the title came into play.