Boxing Day in Sicily
Why Italian people celebrate on the 26th December
In the Anglo-Saxon world it is known as Boxing Day and people use to go shopping, in Ireland they call that Wren’s Day and they used to “hunt” a fake wren, and putting it on top of a decorated pole. The 26th December is an important day in many countries in the world. It is an official public holiday in Alsace, Austria, Balearic Islands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Catalonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moselle, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden.
In the Italian tradition this day is the St. Stephen’s Day and Italian people commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr. It was declared official public holiday in 1949 in order to extend Christmas holiday