G’day! We’re all quite familiar with Christmas, but for those of us in the states, we aren’t too familiar with Boxing Day, which falls on the day after Christmas. Despite its name, this holiday has nothing to do with the sport nor with returning or recycling holiday boxes. There are many theories regarding the origin of Boxing Day, many agree that it started out in Britain as a day of gift giving to those less fortunate. Today it is celebrated by most countries that were once under British colonial rule (minus here in the states!). In the South Pacific, it’s an extending celebration of Christmas including loads of family time, food, and fun.
In Australia, holiday celebrations of beach going and bbq’s continue! Boxing Day is also a huge shopping day with mega sales, similar to Black Friday except way more orderly and way less dangerous. Get a glimpse of this Aussie shopping experience below.
Boxing Day in Australia also includes exciting Yacht races, including the hugely popular Cock of the Bay Yacht Race in Port Phillip Bay. Get ready to set sail and see who’s the fastest scooner of them all, and who’s the cockiest at the ball!
Boxing Day in New Zealand is quite similar to that of the Aussies, with fun in the sun and bbq’s with family. It’s also a day to spend at the races, specifically Auckland’s Ellerslie’s Boxing Day Races, a must-do tradition! Think the Kentucky Derby but Kiwi style. From high fashion and socializing to entertainment and the very best in thoroughbred racing, it’s an experience like no other! Need a little inspiration? Watch this great video of Auckland’s Boxing Day Races, below.
Boxing Day is better known as the Day of Goodwill in South Africa. Like Australia, South Africans celebrate this day by enjoying time with families and relaxing on the beach, enjoying the summer months.
Now that you know a little more about Boxing Day, you’ll know what to do when you’re on your 2016 holiday vacation. It’s never too early to start planning your 2016 holiday getaway. Book today and save! Check out our Holiday 2016 travel special here. Or give us a call and speak with our Down Under Endeavours Travel Experts.