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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.

Is Second Day of Christmas a Public Holiday?

Second Day of Christmas is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

"Santons"visit the new-born child Jesus.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2016MonDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2017TueDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2018WedDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2019ThuDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2020SatDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2021SunDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2022MonDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2023TueDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2024ThuDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday
2025FriDec 26Second Day of ChristmasNational holiday

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