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What is Boxing Day?

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Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26 every year in England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa and Trinidad. The holiday itself comes from servants who worked for the British upper class. The servants had to work on Christmas, but they left to see their families on the next day, bringing along a Christmas box from their employer.

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What is Boxing Day?
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Boxing Day is for spending time with family. For most people, it is synonymous with taking unwanted Christmas gifts back to the store and cashing in on sales. There are several Boxing Day sporting traditions in England, such as horse races, fox hunting and even swimming the English Channel.

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    Why do we have Boxing Day?

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    According to Time Magazine, Boxing Day evolved from a tradition of aristocrats giving gift boxes to their servants the day after Christmas. The servants had the day following Christmas off to celebrate the holiday. Additionally, the Anglican church traditionally collected donations for charity prior to Christmas. These boxes of donations were distributed the day after Christmas.

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    Why is the day after Christmas called Boxing Day?

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    There are multiple theories of the origin of Boxing Day. A "Christmas Box" is a term used in Great Britain for the term "Christmas present." Another theory of the origin of Boxing day stems from the tradition of servants receiving a "Christmas box" from their masters the day after Christmas.

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    Are banks open on Boxing Day?

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    Banks in the United States are open on Boxing Day, according to AreBanksOpen.com. Both the TD Bank and JP Morgan official sites note that American branches of their banks do not observe Boxing Day as a holiday. JP Morgan notes that its London and Hong Kong branches observe the holiday.

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    What is Three Kings Day?

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    Three Kings' Day, also known as Epiphany, is a holiday marking the visit of the three Wise Men, also called the "Kings" or "Magi," to baby Jesus. It falls on January 6 every year and is celebrated in Spain, Latin America and Hispanic communities in the United States.

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