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Dec 26, 2011, 09:04 IST | Special Fatures Team
We have all heard of Boxing Day Test matches in cricket. In fact, India plays Australia today at Melbourne for the first test of the India-Australia series in Melbourne, which is famous for its Boxing Day Test matches. CS gives you some trivia about this day, which is a favourite with cricket lovers all over the globe. 

>> The name 'Boxing' comes from the fact that people opened the Christmas Box on December 26 to share contents with the poor. The day is observed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations. In Ireland, it is also known as St Stephen's Day or Day of the Wren. The bird wren was hunted only on Boxing Day. 

>> It is mainly a bank holiday when people get leave with pay. If Boxing Day falls on Saturday then a substitute holiday is given on Monday. 

>> In many places in Britain, Canada and Australia, Boxing Day is famous for shopping as shops offer massive discounts. It is similar to the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. 

>> Boxing Day is also famous for its sporting events. In horse racing, there is the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey. It is the second most prestigious chase in England, after the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

>> Boxing Day is a popular day in the UK and US for mounted foxhunters. Despite fox hunting being banned by the Hunting Act in 2004, Boxing Day remains the biggest hunt of the year for most hunts in the UK by use of scent drag trails instead of live game.

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