It is actually something that was mentioned to me on Facebook, on December 26, 2019.
In Canada, December 26th is known as Boxing Day, just as I wrote and published here on LwL on that date.
However, a relative of mine and a friend of hers, commented to let me know that they saw December 26th as being... St. Stephen's Day!
To me, it was shocking hearing that, because in the past, other relatives and other people in England Northern Ireland, or in the Republic of Ireland, never told me that.
After hearing that, I searched on the internet, and found out about St. Stephen's Day!
Here is a link by Wikipedia (in English) for St. Stephen's Day!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Stephen%27s_Day.
Hopefully, you'll click on the link and read that article. I'll share with you, some of what was stated (I copied/pasted):
This article is about the feast day of Saint Stephen, the martyr of Jerusalem. For the feast day of the Hungarian saint, see Stephen I of Hungary. For the episode of Doctor Who, see The Feast of Steven.
Saint Stephen's Day, also called the feast of Saint Stephen, is a Christian saint's day to commemorate Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr or protomartyr, celebrated on 26 December in the Latin Church and 27 December in Eastern Christianity. The Eastern Orthodox Churches that adhere to the Julian calendar mark Saint Stephen's Day on 27 December according to that calendar, which places it on 9 January of the Gregorian calendar used in secular contexts. In Latin Christian denominations, Saint Stephen's Day marks the second day of Christmastide.
It is an official public holiday in Alsace-Moselle, Austria, the Balearic Islands, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Catalonia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, and Switzerland. The date is also a public holiday in those countries that celebrate Boxing Day on the day in addition to or instead of Saint Stephen's Day, such as Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
I also searched on the internet about Boxing Day! After all, here in Canada, December 26th, is a Boxing Day... holiday.
Here is a link by Wikipedia (in English) for Boxing Day!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day.
Hopefully, you'll also click on that link, and read that article. I'll share with you, some of what was stated (I copied/posted:
|Observed by||Commonwealth nations|
|Type||Bank holiday, public holiday|
|Related to||Day of Goodwill|
Second Day of Christmastide
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day. It originated in the United Kingdom and is celebrated in a number of countries that previously formed part of the British Empire. Boxing Day is on 26 December, although the attached bank holiday or public holiday may take place either on that day or two days later.
Well, to me it's amazing that the United Kingdom (UK) which includes Northern Ireland, where some of my family/relatives live... originated Boxing Day, that is a holiday in Canada, where I live... which was previously part of UK, years ago.
Yet, here in Canada, St Stephen's Day is NOT celebrated.
This proves that our countries are different.
Can we do anything to be similar now?
Our countries' governments only allow what they want.
But it's okay... as long as all our friends and family... belong to God.
If we do, then we all have goodwill... and are blessed.
Thinking about that, made me think about 2 Thessalonians 3:18, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.".
Amen! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
I must admit that the family I have in Northern Ireland... are Christian. Just as my relative's friend is, who also messaged me on Facebook.
Thank You, Lord!
Until next time...
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