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Boxing Day is a public holiday that follows Christmas Day. Traditionally, it was a day when employers would give Christmas boxes or gifts to their employees and servants as a gesture of gratitude for the work done throughout the year. In modern times, the day has become synonymous with shopping, as retailers offer large discounts and extended hours similar to the sales seen on Black Friday in the United States.
Though not an official holiday in India, Boxing Day has its cultural significance among the Anglo-Indian community, which has a long-standing presence in the country. This community, largely found in cities like Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai, has British ancestry and maintains ties to the United Kingdom. As a result, they often observe Christian traditions and festivals, including Boxing Day. Furthermore, with globalization, people throughout India are becoming more familiar with traditions and customs from around the world, leading to an increased awareness of the holiday.
In India, Boxing Day is mainly a private observance among Anglo-Indians and expatriates from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries, who may partake in gift-giving or attend traditional feasts. Some retailers in major cities are extending the holiday shopping season by offering Boxing Day sales and promotions to capitalize on the growing international awareness. Boxing Day takes place on December 26th every year, one day after Christmas Day.
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