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ENGLISH FESTIVAL

BOXING DAY IS HELD THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. IT BEGAN AS A CUSTOM IN
WHICH THE LANDLORDS GAVE GIFTS IN BOXES TO THE WORKERS ON THEIR LAND.
THE LANDLORDS WOULD GO VISITING AS THEY DELIVERED THE BOXES.
THE CUSTOM HAS DIED DOWN AND IS NOW USUALLY CARRIED OUT BY GIVING
MONEY TO MAIDS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN ENGLAND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BOXING DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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BOXING DAY CELEBRATION IN THE BAHAMAS

26 DECEMBER JUNKNOW ( JUN-KA-NOO' ) PARADES. VARIOUS GROUPS DRESS UP
IN VARIOUS COSTUMES MADE OUT OF PAPER AND DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF
THE GOAT SKIN DRUM AND BUGLE. THE CELEBRATION IS SIMILAR TO
MARDI GRAS. IT GOES FROM 4AM TO 9PM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BOXING DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

Date learned: 01-26-1972

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BOXING DAY

ON THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, ONE WRAPS UP COOKIES AND GOODIES IN
A BOX TO GIVE TO FRIENDS.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A CUSTOM OF A FORMER NEIGHBOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): BOXING DAY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 26 Boxing Day St. Stephen's Day

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