The Day after Christmas節禮日知多少?

 

精英翻譯社轉自https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0058/335180/web/

 

You may know that people celebrate Christmas and Christmas Eve. Were you aware that the day after Christmas is also a special holiday in many countries around the world?

你可能知道人們會慶祝聖誕節和聖誕夜。你可知道聖誕節隔天在許多國家也是個特別的節日?

 

Known as Boxing Day, it started in Great Britain and spread to the former colonies of the British Empire, including Canada, Australia, and South Africa. In most of these places it’s also an official holiday, which benefits those people who need an extra day to recover from having eaten and drunk too much on Christmas Day!

這天稱為「節禮日」,始於大不列顛然後傳到大英帝國的前殖民地,包括加拿大、澳洲和南非。這天在這些地方大部分也是國定假日,這對那些在聖誕節飲食過度需要多一天來恢復元氣的人大有助益。

 

The origin of the holiday’s name is unclear, but everyone agrees that it has nothing to do with the fighting sport. One theory is that several hundred years ago it was traditional to give servants—who had to work on Christmas— box of money or gifts to thank them for their service. Others say it comes from a practice of setting out a box for charity in December. This would then be opened the day after Christmas so that the money could be given to the needy.

這個節日名稱的由來並不清楚,但大家都同意它與拳擊運動無關。有個看法是在幾百年前,給僕人(他們得在聖誕節工作)一盒錢或禮物來答謝他們的服務是一項傳統。有些人則說它源自於在十二月陳列箱子做慈善的慣例。這個箱子會在聖誕節隔天打開好把錢捐給窮困的人。

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