No one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters’ celebrations. Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of the clergy collecting money in boxes to give to the poor and disadvantaged.
However it began, the notion of giving back is evident with the celebration of boxing day. In Trinidad and Tobago, it is traditional to host friends and family on Boxing Day for a day of relaxation and fun before heading back out to work after the holiday season.
In recent times the day is marked with grand Boxing Day sales and even sporting events.