26th December – Boxing Day

The actual origin of Boxing Day, which is the day following Christmas Day was commonly known as a day when lower class citizens working as servants and tradesman would receive what was known as ‘Christmas boxes’ from their ‘masters’ and employers, it was also known worldwide as a day to give to the less fortunate and needy.

Boxing Day in South Africa is celebrated in a myriad ways, from family lunches to celebrating the day as a second Christmas Day. Most of the chain stores and shopping malls are closed on this day or only open till noon. Most of the country uses this opportunity to gather together with family members if they have not had a chance to do so on Christmas Day and enjoy large lunches and family activities. Interestingly enough many shops in South Africa have started operating like those overseas, where great sales happen to allow the old years stock to be bought and leave place for the New Years stock. The sales range from incredible deals, to unbelievable discounts offered.

Whether youre going to do shopping at select stores or have a super luncheon with family or friends, it is always a wise thought to book restaurants prior to arrival and research which stores will indeed be open as Boxing Day is always a day when places are hard to come by.

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