Boxing Day Traditions around the World : Little Passports

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Although we don’t celebrate Boxing Day shopping online in the United States, Sam, Sofia, and the rest of the team at Little Passports will be honoring the tradition by helping those in need in their local community. And since we do not celebrate it, why not learn a little about how it is celebrated in other parts of the world.

boxing day traditions

Boxing Day

While the exact origins of Boxing Day are not completely known, one of the more well-known traditions of this holiday started several hundred years ago in England. At this time, Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) was when the wealthy landowners would bring gifts of food or other necessities to the homes of people who worked for them. Many countries have continued this tradition of being generous to those who are in need at this time of year, but Boxing Day around the world has also changed to include other festivities and events.

Junkanoo Festival


In the Bahamas, the day is celebrated with a festival, called Junkanoo, which dates back to the 16th or 17th century. On December 26th, Bahamans celebrate with a large and colorful street parade during which people wear magnificent costumes, masks, and headdresses, and dance, sing, and play music as they proceed through the streets. There is even a Junkanoo museum in downtown Nassau (capital of the Bahamas) where visitors can see costumes from past festivals.

New Zealand 

New Zealand is celebrates Boxing Day during their summer weather. Taking advantage of the nice weather, some New Zealanders may choose to go swimming in the ocean or the lakes and rivers. Others might decide to hike and have a picnic on the trail. Those families who just want to stay home and take it easy after the Christmas celebrations might flip on the television to watch cricket and grill up some Christmas dinner leftovers. Other families might go to the Ellerslie Boxing Day Races. These are horse races that have been held on Boxing Day for over 150 years at the Auckland Racing Club. The possibilities are endless really.

Australia Boxing Day


Australia has mainly sports-centered Boxing Day traditions. On the day after Christmas, Australians can either watch the Boxing Day Test match, featuring Australia’s cricket team, or they can cheer on sailors competing in the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race. The Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race, which is thought to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world, starts in the harbor of Australia’s largest city, Sydney, and finishes in Hobart, the capital of the Australian island Tasmania.

Even though we do not celebrate Boxing Day in the U.S. we can still choose to do something to give back, which was the original intent of the day long ago.

How does your family give back during the holidays?

I know that, personally, the holidays are more about giving than receiving.

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