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Here is y we call the day after christmas as Boxing day.

On Christmas day, 25th December, people visit church and leave money
& gifts for the poor in small boxes placed their by the priest,
formally known as Christmas Box.

Also, in old days ~ servants used to work at their masters place on
Christmas night. Thus, the following day, 26th December, they were given
day off. Servants would bring small boxes in which their masters kept
coins and food.. as bonus!

Today - that Christmas bonus hasn't changed, neither has the public
holiday the next day of Christmas. Employees might not bring those Boxes
to their employers anymore but to mark the days gone by, since 1980,
Cricket Australia hosts a cricket test match at Melbourne cricket
ground, starting 26th December every year, between Australia and a
touring team.

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Thus the name - Boxing day Test match!

Victoria (a state in Australia) fans respond in huge numbers at the MCG - Melbourne cricket stadium in Australia
with a seating capacity of over 100,000 spectators. In 2007, India vs
Australia 1st test match will be played from (same) 26th of December,
which is expected to exceed the highest crowd recorded for a boxing day
test match - 85,661 for Aus v WI match back in 1975. here's all boxing day test match list every played.

Few notables

** New Zealand and South Africa also host Boxing day test
matches. Basin Reserve in Wellington hosts the Boxing day test match in
New Zealand whereas South Africa starts a test match in case they
themselves aren't in Australia to play the Boxing day test match at

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** Boxing day is a public holiday in many other Commonwealth
countries on 26th December. In many European countries, its also called
at St. Stephen's day or the second day of Christmas.
**Other than this Australia vs Some country test match, Sydney to
Hobart Yatch race and football matches between England and Scotland are
also played on this famous day!

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good info
KUNALatRCB on 10 Jan 2012, 04:14 AM
Thanks for the information.
dhanush-kumar on 03 Jan 2012, 03:54 AM
it is the day after christmas
ayman on 31 Dec 2011, 10:05 AM
nice...i dint knw...i thought it was some day when there was some legendary boximg match long ago! :P
ANANTH11296 on 28 Dec 2011, 09:17 AM
great info
lucky4rcb on 27 Dec 2011, 05:03 PM
i had this doubt for many years abt what is boxing day........great info....
anoop-s on 26 Dec 2011, 11:03 PM
Wow! superb post Surya! Thanks for telling us the details..!
foram@RCB on 26 Dec 2011, 08:55 PM
Thanks for sharing this info Surya.Merry Christmas.
karthik-shetty4 on 26 Dec 2011, 09:00 AM