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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.

"Santons"visit the new-born child Jesus.
Nativity scenes are seen in many churches in Poland during the Christmas/Boxing Day period.
Nativity scenes are seen in many churches in Poland during the Christmas/Boxing Day period.
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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

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.

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.

Second Day of Christmas Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunDec 262010Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
MonDec 262011Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
WedDec 262012Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
ThuDec 262013Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
FriDec 262014Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
SatDec 262015Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
MonDec 262016Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
TueDec 262017Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
WedDec 262018Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
ThuDec 262019Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
SatDec 262020Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday

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.

Second Day of Christmas 2016

Monday, December 26, 2016

Second Day of Christmas 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Boże NarodzeniePolish
Second Day of ChristmasEnglish
Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag/StephanstagGerman
Andre juledagNorwegian

Alternative names

NameLanguage
2nd day of ChristmasEnglish
Annen juledagNorwegian

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in December 2016 in Poland

Fun Holiday on December 26, 2016

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