English grammar, vocabulary, and listening comprehension exercises

HOLIDAYS: St. Stephen's Day (December 26)

Choose the best word(s) from the following list to complete each sentence: in addition to, sevice, observe, including, saint, referred to, shortened, traditions.

1. St. Stephen's Day is named in honour of St. Stephen, a Christian . (= holy person)

2. It is a public holiday in several countries, Ireland.

3. St. Stephen is remembered for his to the poor, and for being the first Christian martyr.

4. Many countries celebrate what is known as "Boxing Day" ( = in conjunction with) St. Stephen's Day on December 26th.

5. In Ireland, the name of the holiday is sometimes to "Stephen's Day".

6. In several other countries (and regions) where this holiday is celebrated, such as Catalonia or Poland, the holiday is simply as "the second day of Christmas."

7. There are many old associated with the St. Stephen's Day, and these vary greatly from country to country.

8. While Western Christians the holiday on December 26th, Eastern Christians it a day later, on December 27th.


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