Dec. 26th. – Boxing Day
It was the day when the alms box, collection boxes for the poor often kept in churches, were traditionally opened so that the contents could be distributed to poor people. Some churches still open these boxes on Boxing Day.
Many people in Canada have a day off work and many of them visit stores that start their annual sales on Boxing Day.
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” instead of the “Boxing Day Sales”. In some areas, particularly in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, stores are not open on Boxing Day and the post-Christmas sales start on December 27.
A number of important sporting events are held on Boxing Day and watching them on television is a popular activity. 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 major sports television channels