|26 Dec 2018||27 Dec 2018||Public Holiday|
St.Stephen’s Day is also known as Boxing Day or a Wren Day. It is one of two widely celebrated holidays observed in honor of two Christian saints.
St. Stephen’s Day 2018
This public holiday is celebrated on 26 or 27 December in the Latin Church and 09 January in Eastern Christianity (Gregorian calendar).
It is an official public holiday in 25 European states and regions. The St. Stephen’s Day is also a public holiday in those countries that celebrate Boxing Day (United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada).
In Ireland, it is also known as Wren’s Day or Hunt the Wren Day (Lá an Dreoilín).
Saint Stephen’s Day in Europe
Although not as commonly practiced as previously, in some parts of Ireland people carrying either an effigy of a wren or an actual caged wren (live or dead), traveling from house to house playing music, singing, and dancing.
One of the oldest folk-songs of Sweden, Saint Stephen was Riding (Staffansvisa) is sung at Christmastide in honor of St. Stephen.
Saint Stephen is the patron saint of Serbia. Saint Stephen’s Day falls on 9 January because the Serbian Orthodox Church adheres to the Julian calendar.
In Finland, the most popular tradition related to this holiday is “the ride of Stephen’s Day”, which refers to a sleigh ride with horses. Another old tradition is parading with singers and people dressed in Christmas suits.
In these countries there are numerous ancient customs survived to this day, such as ceremonial horseback rides or the “stoning” drinking ritual celebrated by young men after attending church service.
In the United Kingdom, Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping day. It is a time when shops hold sales, often with dramatic price reductions. This day has become the day of the year for many merchants when it comes to revenue.
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|🇫🇷 Saint-Etienne||🇩🇪 Der Stefanitag||🇪🇸 El Día de San Esteban||🇮🇹 Santo Stefano|
|🇳🇴 St. Stephens dag||cz Den sv. Štěpána||🇩🇰 Saint Stephens dag||🇳🇱 Sint-Stefanusdag|
|🇫🇮 Saint Stephenin päivä||🇭🇺 Szent István napja||🇸🇮 Dan sv. Štefana||🇧🇦 Sveti Stefan|
|🇸🇪 Annandag jul||🇭🇷 Sveti Stjepan||🇵🇱 Dzień Świętego Szczepana||🇷🇴 Sfântul Ștefan|
|🇷🇺 Новый Год||🇹🇷 Aziz Stefen Günü||🇮🇪 Lá an Dreoilín||🇷🇸 Стевањдан|