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From onward Black Friday deals become more prominent among Canadian retailers to discourage shoppers from crossing the border to the USA when the Canadian and USA dollars was close to parity, and this has lessened the appeal of Boxing Day in Canada somewhat as it was overtaken by Black Friday in terms of sales in In some areas of Canada, particularly in Atlantic Canada and parts of Northern Ontario , most retailers are prohibited from opening on Boxing Day, either by provincial law or by municipal bylaw , or instead by informal agreement among major retailers to provide a day of relaxation following Christmas Day.
In these areas, sales otherwise scheduled for 26 December are moved to the 27th. In , many retailers with both online and High Street stores launched their online sales on Christmas Eve and their High Street sales on Boxing Day.
In the United Kingdom, it is traditional for all top-tier football leagues in England , Scotland and Northern Ireland , the Premier League , the Scottish Premiership and the NIFL Premiership , and the lower ones, as well as the rugby leagues, to hold a full programme of football and rugby union matches on Boxing Day.
Originally, matches on Boxing Day were played against local rivals to avoid teams and their fans having to travel a long distance to an away game on the day after Christmas Day. In rugby league , festive fixtures were a staple of the traditional winter season. Since the transition to a summer season in the s, no formal fixtures are now arranged on Boxing Day but some clubs, such as Wakefield Trinity , arrange a traditional local derby friendly fixture instead.
For more details see Boxing Day Test. It is the second most prestigious chase in Britain, after the Cheltenham Gold Cup. In addition to the prestigious race at Kempton, in Britain, it is usually the day with the highest number of racing meetings of the year, with eight in , in addition to three more in Ireland. Boxing Day is one of the main days in the hunting calendar for hunts in the UK and US, with most hunts both mounted foxhound or harrier packs and foot packs of beagles or bassets holding meets, often in town or village centres.
Several ice hockey contests are associated with the day. The National Hockey League traditionally had close to a full slate of games 10 were played in  , following the league-wide days off given for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, the collective bargaining agreement which followed a lock-out extended the league mandate of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off to include Boxing Day, except when it falls on a Saturday, in which case the league can choose to make 23 December a league-wide off day instead for that year.
This practice has also been followed for decades in Guyana and Italy. A notable tradition in Sweden is Annandagsbandy , which formerly marked the start of the bandy season and always draws large crowds. Games traditionally begin at 1: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the latest accepted revision , reviewed on 4 September For the genus of shrubs, see Sarcococca.
For other uses, see Boxing Day disambiguation. Archived from the original on 31 December Retrieved 31 December Boxing Day got its name because it was the tradition for employers to give a Christmas gift to their staff on that day — a Christmas box. Boxing Day is also part of the 12 days of Christmas tradition and is officially classed as the second day of Christmastide. Introduction to Christian Liturgy.
Retrieved 28 December Retrieved 23 December Facts, Figures and Fun. Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, , sense 3. Retrieved 26 December Retrieved 17 December This is something of a speculative play on a game where I struggled to find a betting angle.
Liverpool v Swansea — click here to bet. Liverpool are 5 th on the table following a away draw at Arsenal on the weekend, a game in which they led and then had to come from behind to rescue a point. They are now unbeaten in their last 10 in the League and they are unbeaten at home this season but have drawn their last 3 matches including a disappointing goalless draw to West Brom last time they played at Anfield.
Swansea drew at home with Palace on the weekend but they remain rooted to the bottom of the table on 13 points from their 19 games.
Their away form has been terrible and they have lost their last 6 in a row on their travels, all be it that they have not lost any of these matches by more than 2 goals. For this bet to arrive I need Liverpool to win by more than 2 goals something which they have achieved regularly on the road this season but not at home. The struggling Swansea side offers them the perfect chance to chalk up a big win ahead of the New Year fixtures.
Monday, September 17, Sports Betting News Soccer. The fourth race and second grade 2 run, the Desert Orchid Chase , is also the biggest race of day two. It was first run in and named after the 4-time winner who died a few weeks prior.
The second day of the winter festival ends with two back to back handicaps, great for picking a long odds runner to place. There is some truth in the name though, the event does have a festive atmosphere, especially on the second day.
In addition to the show piece racing there is a variety of free entertainment for children with festive food stalls and shops.
For the festival sticks with its new sponsor 32Red who took over from Willam Hill in Last year they brought some extra vibrancy and colour to the event. If you are planning on attending gates open at Parking is free and note that train services do not run on Boxing Day, there is a bus service from Kew Station in London for those coming down from London. This famous race is named after King George VI who unexpectedly took the British throne following the abdication of his older brother King Edward.
The race was named after the new monarch and first run in , there were however only two races before the outbreak of WWII at which time the race was cancelled and Kempton used as a prisoner of war camp. The first ever race was won by Southern Hero who still holds the crown of the oldest winner of the King Geroge. The race returned in on a new date, Boxing Day, where it has remained since.