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What letters are used most frequently in English?

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Why is English not the official language of England?

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When did January 1st become New Year's Day?

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What is Hogmanay?

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Why Boxing Day?

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  The 26th of December is the Feast of Stephen , a day on which Christians pay respect to the the first Christian martyr. In the church calendar, St Stephen's Day is associated with alms:  collecting money for the poor In England, parish churches would alms boxes would be brought into the church  during December. They alms boxes would then be broken open on Stephen's Day -   listen here .  Pepys refers to this in his  diary entry for 19 December 1663. Workers' Holiday The day also became associated with recreational and sporting events. These included chaotic 'football' matches between villages. By the Nineteenth Century this had evolved into a secular festival for workers. The name Boxing Day was made official in the 1830s and became a public holiday in the 1880s. Ireland The initial religious association of St. Stephen’s Day (Lá Fhéile Stiofáin) retained a stronger cultural resonance in Ireland. The tradition of v isiting neighbours with gifts of food and drink, i

Where does the word nativity come from?

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The word derives from the Latin 'natal' meaning birth (1200–50;  ME nativite < OF nativité < LL nātīvitās)