Boxing Day is a public holiday 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 26 December is a Saturday or Sunday. If Christmas Day falls on a weekend, Boxing Day may be observed on Tuesday 27 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, which predates the modern custom of giving wrapped presents on Christmas Day.
In truth, the exact origin of the meaning of Boxing Day is unknown. 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.