The meaning of Boxing Day.

Boxing Day is traditionally the 26th of December, the day after Xmas Day, when servants would receive gifts, known as a “Christmas box”, from their employers. I can imagine it is probably the gifts they received for Christmas which they didn’t want.

In South Africa, the 26th of December was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994.

It is best to steer clear of coastal roads and beaches in Cape Town on the 26th of December and the 1st of January.  Camps Bay and Clifton beach become extremely busy and by the afternoon the traffic between Llundudno, Camps Bay and Clifton comes to a complete standstill.

In a few countries around the world Boxing Day has become known as a shopping holiday. It is a time where shops have sales, often with dramatic price reductions. Instead of making a dash for the High Street, almost one third of all the British sales are now being done online.

Speaking of the UK, it is traditional for the Premier League to take place and in horse racing, there is the King George VI chase in Surrey.

In Durban, there is the cricket to look forward to, South Africa vs India at Sahara Stadium in Kingsmead.

As for me, it is a day off from work and a day to relax, eat leftovers, swim, cycle and read. Whatever your plans are – enjoy.