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Boxing Day in Poland

Quick Facts

Boxing Day, also known as St Stephen’s Day or Holy Szczepan, is a public holiday in Poland on December 26 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Boże NarodzeniePolish
Boxing DayEnglish
2. Weihnachtsfeiertag/StephanstagGerman

Alternative name

2nd day of Christmas

Boxing Day 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

Boxing Day 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

Many people in Poland have a day off work on December 26 to celebrate the Boxing Day public holiday. Also known as St Stephen’s Day or Holy Szczepan, this national holiday is the day after Christmas Day and comprises part of the Christmas holidays.

"Santons"visit the new-born child Jesus.

Nativity scenes are seen in many churches in Poland during the Christmas/Boxing Day period.

©iStockphoto.com/ Munic

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.

Public life

Boxing Day 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.

Background

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.

Boxing Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedDec 261990Boxing DayNational holiday
ThuDec 261991Boxing DayNational holiday
SatDec 261992Boxing DayNational holiday
SunDec 261993Boxing DayNational holiday
MonDec 261994Boxing DayNational holiday
TueDec 261995Boxing DayNational holiday
ThuDec 261996Boxing DayNational holiday
FriDec 261997Boxing DayNational holiday
SatDec 261998Boxing DayNational holiday
SunDec 261999Boxing DayNational holiday
TueDec 262000Boxing DayNational holiday
WedDec 262001Boxing DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262002Boxing DayNational holiday
FriDec 262003Boxing DayNational holiday
SunDec 262004Boxing DayNational holiday
MonDec 262005Boxing DayNational holiday
TueDec 262006Boxing DayNational holiday
WedDec 262007Boxing DayNational holiday
FriDec 262008Boxing DayNational holiday
SatDec 262009Boxing DayNational holiday
SunDec 262010Boxing DayNational holiday
MonDec 262011Boxing DayNational holiday
WedDec 262012Boxing DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262013Boxing DayNational holiday
FriDec 262014Boxing DayNational holiday
SatDec 262015Boxing DayNational holiday
MonDec 262016Boxing DayNational holiday
TueDec 262017Boxing DayNational holiday
WedDec 262018Boxing DayNational holiday
ThuDec 262019Boxing DayNational holiday
SatDec 262020Boxing DayNational holiday

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