Boxing Day in Canada

Boxing Day is a festival for many Canadians on December 26. It gives people the ability to take part in the post-Christmas sales or watch ice hockey games.

What do people do?

Many people in Canada have a day off work and many of them trip stores that start their yearly sales on Boxing Day. Some shoppers even begin waiting outside stores in the small hours of the morning and many supplies open earlier than normal. Now, the sales often last for a whole week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and are known as the “Boxing Week Sales” as a substitute of the “Boxing Day Deal“. In some areas, generally in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, stores are unlocking on Boxing Day and the post-Christmas sales start on December 27.

A number of significant sporting events are held on Boxing Day and inspection them on television is a popular movement. The International Ice Hockey Federation world junior hockey championships often start on December 26. The Canadian National team often does well in this event. The Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, which is played in Davos, Switzerland, is also shown on main sports television channels. The Canada nationwide men’s team has performed well in this occasion in recent years.

Public life

Boxing Day is a central holiday and is listed in the Canadian Labor Code as a holiday. However, it is not consistently observed in all provinces and territories. It is not an executive holiday in Quebec, nor is it a legal holiday in Alberta and British Columbia. In Saskatchewan, the day is a communal holiday for government and civic services. In observe, many organizations and businesses are clogged, while stores are often open.


Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom and many countries (including Canada) that were once fraction of the British Empire. The cause of this holiday’s name is not clear. In feudal times in the United Kingdom, the lord of the mansion would ‘pay’ people who worked on his land in the past year with boxes practical goods, such as undeveloped tools, food and cloth. These were often spread on the day after Christmas Day. More freshly, employers traditionally gave their servants a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. Some people in Canada still give gifts to people who give them with services.

Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a piece of the food left over from the Christmas partying in a box to their families and the sharing of alms from the church collection boxes to poor worshipers. These traditions evolved into the Christmas baskets that some employers deal out to their employees during the holiday season at the end of the year.


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