Second Day of Christmas in Poland
Many people in Poland have a day off work on December 26 to celebrate the second Day of Christmas. Also known as St Stephen’s Day or Holy Szczepan, this national holiday is part of the Christmas holidays.
What Do People Do?
Together with Christmas Eve (Wigilia) and Christmas Day, Boxing Day is an important event that is celebrated in many Polish homes. Many churches host special services on Boxing Day, which is also a day for families to meet up and spend time together. Popular St Stephen’s Day activities include reenacting scenes of the Nativity in a play, as well as caroling with a crib (szopka) or star to homes.
The second Day of Christmas is an official public holiday in Poland, so schools, banks, government offices and most private businesses are closed. There is a trade prohibition on public holidays in Poland. People intending to travel via public transport during public holidays must check with the public transit authorities on any changes to time schedules.
Many Christians in Poland and around the world celebrate St Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas Day. It is also known as the second day of Christmas. St Stephen’s Day commemorates a Christian saint, Stephen, who is believed to be the first Christian martyr. He was stoned to death sometime around the year 33 CE.
Second Day of Christmas Observances
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|Fri||Dec 26||2014||Second Day of Christmas||National holiday|
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|Mon||Dec 26||2016||Second Day of Christmas||National holiday|
|Tue||Dec 26||2017||Second Day of Christmas||National holiday|
|Wed||Dec 26||2018||Second Day of Christmas||National holiday|
|Thu||Dec 26||2019||Second Day of Christmas||National holiday|
|Sat||Dec 26||2020||Second Day of Christmas||National holiday|
Quick FactsBoxing Day, also known as St Stephen’s Day or Holy Szczepan, is a public holiday in Poland on December 26 each year.
Second Day of Christmas 2016Monday, December 26, 2016
Second Day of Christmas 2017Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Name in other languages
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Alternative name2nd day of Christmas
Other holidays in December 2016 in Poland
- Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016
- Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016
- New Year's Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016