Boxing Day!

We obviously do not speak the Queen’s English here in India! This is evident from the experience that IBF Secretary-General Colonel P K Muralidharan Raja had a few days ago.

He said that he had received many queries about why the federation had not made any special arrangements to celebrate Boxing Day this year. Apparently the boxing fraternity does not know the meaning of Boxing Day. And neither does the media, it seems, as he had received inquiries from that quarter, too!

The report in the Indian Express says that in cricket-obsessed India, Boxing Day celebrations have always been associated with a Test match in Australia. But this experience of Raja’s proves that India can think beyond cricket!

Poor Col P K Muralidharan Raja’s phone had been buzzing since morning, and everyone wanted to know what the Boxing Federation planned to do about celebrating Boxing Day!

Apparently the Indian media and a few players as well, were annoyed by the “lapse” on the part of the Boxing Federation! They demanded to know “why the Indian Boxing Federation, at the end of a year when the country’s pugilists had taken giant strides into the nation’s consciousness, had not bothered to organise any special function as part of the Boxing Day celebrations.”

So Col P K Muralidharan Raja finally sent out explanatory e-mails- with the subject reading “Clarification on Boxing Day”!

Boxing Day dates back to past centuries when it was the custom for the wealthy to give gifts to the less privileged. These gifts were left in ‘poor boxes’ in churches. They were opened after Christmas and the gifts distributed.

So Boxing Day is usually observed on the 26th of December. It is a holiday in the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand among some other countries.

Apparently this old custom had to be explained to those demanding Boxing Day celebrations in India!



  1. lol… That was interesting! It is hilarious to think of all the confusion it caused! I remember being totally confused when people at work were talking of ‘boxing day sales’ – my first time in London! Here in the UK, boxing day has fantastic sales 🙂 So now boxing day has become synonymous with ‘shopping’!


  2. LOL !! Our need to do everything that the western world does overrides our own reason..seems like !! I hope they now dont confuse Boxing day with boxer shorts !! 🙂


  3. Smitha- Boxing Day sales? So now one more meaning of Boxing Day to add to the confusion! :)Kavi- Yes, it does seem like they thought Boxing Day should be celebrated as they imagined it is, in the West!I was so amused when I first read this news report! 🙂


  4. @Manju, Yes though the boxing day was originally celebrated for the reasons you have mentioned – but has now become a day for shopping 🙂 A lot of people actually do not even know the reason why it was called ‘Boxing Day’ – even amongst the British 🙂


  5. Why is it called ‘Boxing Day’ in the first place? It should have been called ‘Boxes Day’. May be the poor guys had to literally ‘box’ their way through to get the best gifts left in the the boxes…that is why ‘Boxing Day’!


  6. Smitha- Everything is commercialized nowadays, even an occasion for charity! Vinodji- Maybe they did have to fight for the gifts. People fight for their rights, why not for charity? 🙂


  7. Many years back, I worked in an engineering company, once owned by a Catholic Christian family.Every year we also had a holiday on 26th December on account of Boxing Day. I was introduced to this quite early on.Our’s was the only company with an additional holiday and we had a great time. The icing on the cake was a holiday on 1st January, the very next week.


  8. I did enjoy reading your post about Boxing Day.I don’t have a lot to say about last year or this new year but here are some thoughts…I hope 2009 will be better than 2008, 2007, and 2006. I do think our government will be inspired by our new President Obama — at least I hope so.I would like to see the War in Irag end and I would like to see the killing stop everywhere.It is my hope that Japan will stop slaughtering whales and raping virgin forests.And I hope the people will lose their clubs and no longer club baby seals to death.What a world we have and live in. 2009 could be so much better than it will be.


  9. Abraham Lincoln- Welcome!Yes, I too, hope that 2009 is better than the earlier years.I am sure President Obama will inpire your govt. I think he will inspire govts. in other countries, too.


  10. L.V.S.- To tell the truth, not being a cricket fan, I did not know the connection of Boxing Day and cricket until recently. Nor about the custom of charity through boxes.But isn’t it funny that people protest to the authorities without knowing what they are protesting about!Shail- Yes, isn’t it funny? It really made my day!


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