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Celebrate December

11 Holidays the World Celebrates in December

St. Nicholas Day

Christians celebrate the birthday of Saint Nicholas, also known as the Feast of Saint Nicholas, who served as Santa Claus’s model due to his penchant for giving gifts.

Immaculate Conception Day (Dec. 8)

The Immaculate Conception Day is observed by Catholics as a way to honour the Virgin Mary, who is thought to have been born without original sin. Many people celebrate the day by attending church and indulging in food.

Bodhi Day (Dec. 8)

This Buddhist custom, also called Rohatsu, commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddartha Gautauma, is said to have attained enlightenment. Many Buddhists use meditation as a way to commemorate it.

Feast Day of Our Lady Guadalupe (Dec. 12)

The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico and a symbol of devotion and patriotism, is widely observed by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

To commemorate the festival, which marks one of several apparitions of the Virgin Mary that some Catholic believers believe were seen by an Indigenous Mexican man in 1531, millions of pilgrims usually flock to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December.

In Mexico, the face of the Virgin Mary is widely seen in shrines, stores, and residences.

Hanukkah (Dec. 18-26)

Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday, starts on December 18. Lighting a menorah with nine branches every night is a fundamental component of the Jewish Festival of Lights. (The other candles are lit by the ninth candle.) The ritual represents how, in a battle in 165 B.C., a small group of Jewish soldiers and the mightily powerful Greek-Syrian army miraculously lasted for eight days with one day’s worth of oil. They are said to have triumphed and taken back the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, according to Jewish tradition.

Traditional fare consists of brisket, latkes (potato pancakes), and sufganiyot (doughnuts filled with jam). A dreidel, which is a spinning top with Hebrew letters, is a common toy for kids.

Yule (Dec. 21-Jan.1)

Yule is a festival celebrated by Wiccans and Neo-Pagans on December 21, the winter solstice, which is also the darkest day of the year. Yule commemorates the sun’s reappearance and the start of longer days as the winter solstice signifies the year’s shortest day and longest night. Originally a Norse celebration, the festival was observed in Scandinavia.

Burning the yule log is a popular custom that originated as a way to commemorate the return of the sun. Since then, it has also been incorporated into a Christmas custom. Although some people continue to celebrate Yule according to its original traditions, Yule actually became associated with Christmas in the ninth century.

Christmas (Dec. 25)

The main reason Christians celebrate Christmas is to remember the birth of Jesus. However, people of all faiths have also embraced the festival as a secular family holiday. It’s celebrated with gift-giving and anticipation of Santa Claus’s visit.

Boxing Day (Dec. 26)

a custom from the 1800s, when Queen Victoria was the monarch, that is observed in Britain the day after Christmas. It was observed at the time to make sure that upper class Britons gave workers and servants a day off in addition to a gift. Since then, the holiday has changed to become a more commercial occasion for exchanging gifts.

Kwanzaa (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)

The week-long Kwanzaa holiday is a cultural celebration rather than a religious one, honouring African-American ancestry.

In an effort to bring the African-American community together in the wake of the Watts Rebellion in a largely Black Los Angeles neighbourhood, Black nationalist Maulana Karenga founded Kwanzaa in 1966. A young Black man was arrested for driving while intoxicated by a white California highway patrol officer, sparking a movement against systemic racism. 34 people died as a result of the rebellion; according to the Associated Press, two thirds of them were shot by police or National Guard soldiers. In addition, over a thousand people were injured.

Seven fundamental tenets of Kwanzaa were outlined by Karenga: self-determination, unity, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits,” is where the name originates. African storytelling and music traditions are incorporated into Kwanzaa celebrations.

Zarathosht Diso (Dec. 26)

One of the earliest monotheistic religions in the world, Zoroastrianism was founded more than 3,000 years ago by the Prophet Zoroaster. On this day, Zoroastrians pay tribute to their prophet’s passing, usually by going to a fire temple and praying.

New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)

Every year, people look forward to January 1st with excitement from all across the world as they celebrate, light fireworks, make resolutions, and count down to midnight to start fresh. Numerous post-Soviet nations observe the holiday with customs akin to those of Christmas, including the arrival of gifts from “Grandfather Frost.”

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