Boxing Day in New Zealand
The day after Christmas Day is Boxing Day, on December 26. It is a public holiday in New Zealand.
What Do People Do?
Many people spend Boxing Day relaxing, going to the beach, being with family and friends, and enjoying the rest. It is a time to unwind and enjoy the summer break before heading back to work. Many people take time off between Christmas and New Year's Day. This time of the year is also the school holidays so some families travel abroad.
Boxing Day is a statutory public holiday in New Zealand, so schools, government offices, and many private businesses are closed. New Year’s Day is also in the middle of the school summer holidays in New Zealand.
Boxing Day is a holiday in many countries in the Commonwealth of Nations, including New Zealand. It was traditionally a day for employers in England to give bonuses of money, leftover food or old clothing to their employees, or for lords to give agricultural tools and seeds for the coming year to their tenants. These gifts were presented in a box. Some people believe that this is the reason that December 26 is known as Boxing Day. Others think that the origin of the name is related to the box into which parishioners put church donations. In some areas, this box was opened on Boxing Day and the contents were distributed to the poor people of the parish.
Boxing Day Observances
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|Fri||Dec 26||2014||Boxing Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Dec 26||2015||Boxing Day||National holiday|
|Mon||Dec 26||2016||Boxing Day||National holiday|
|Tue||Dec 26||2017||Boxing Day||National holiday|
|Wed||Dec 26||2018||Boxing Day||National holiday|
|Thu||Dec 26||2019||Boxing Day||National holiday|
|Sat||Dec 26||2020||Boxing Day||National holiday|
Quick FactsBoxing Day, annually observed on December 26, is a public holiday in New Zealand.
Boxing Day 2016Monday, December 26, 2016
Boxing Day 2017Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Name in other languages
Alternative name2nd day of Christmas
Other holidays in December 2016 in New Zealand
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Christmas Day Observed – Tuesday, December 27, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016