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DECEMBER HOLIDAYS

Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? Maybe you celebrate St. Lucia Day or Bodhi Day. Whether that is the case or not, December offers great opportunities for teaching and celebrating our multicultural world. 

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December: A Month of Multicultural Holiday Celebrations 

Buddhism
  • Bodhi Day8 December – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).
Christianity
  • Adventfourth Sunday preceding 25 December
  • Saint Nicholas' Day: 6 December
  • Krampusnacht6 December – The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe: 12 December – An important honor of Mexico's Patron Saint before Christmas officially begins on December 16
  • Saint Lucia's Day13 December – Church Feast Day. Saint Lucia comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.
  • Christmas Eve24 December
  • Christmas Day25 December – one of the most celebrated holidays around the world, increasingly celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike.
  • Anastasia of Sirmium feast day: 25 December
  • Twelve Days of Christmas25 December–6 January
  • Las Posadas: 16–24 December – procession to various family lodgings for celebration & prayer and to re-enact Mary & Joseph's journey to Bethlehem
  • Saint Stephen's Day: 26 December
  • Saint John the Evangelist's Day: 27 December
  • Holy Innocents' Day: 28 December
  • Saint Sylvester's Day: 31 December
Fictional or parody
  • Feast of Winter Veil: 15 December–2 January – A holiday in World of Warcraft. This holiday is based on Christmas. Cities are decorated with lights and a tree with presents. Special quests, items and snowballs are available to players during this time. The character of "Greatfather Winter", who is modeled after Santa Claus, appears.
  • Feast of Alvis: in the TV series Sealab 2021. "Believer, you have forgotten the true meaning of Alvis Day. Neither is it ham, nor pomp. Nay, the true meaning of Alvis day is drinking. Drinking and revenge."–Alvis
  • Hogswatch: a holiday celebrated on the fictional world of Discworld. It is very similar to the Christian celebration of Christmas.
  • Festivus23 December – a parody holiday introduced in Seinfeld as an alternative to Christmas.
  • Decemberween25 December – a parody of Christmas that features gift-giving, carol-singing and decorated trees. The fact that it takes place on December 25, the same day as Christmas, has been presented as just a coincidence, and it has been stated that Decemberween traditionally takes place "55 days after Halloween". The holiday has been featured in the Homestar Runner series.
Hinduism
  • Pancha Ganapati21–25 December – modern five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha, celebrated by Hindus in USA.
Historical
Paganism
  • YulePagan winter festival that was celebrated by the historical Germanic people from late December to early January.
  • Yalda21 December – The turning point, Winter Solstice. As the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days, Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means 'birthday eve.' According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on the 22nd of December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning 'night gazing'. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.
Secular
  • Zamenhof Day15 December – Birthday of Ludwig Zamenhof, inventor of Esperanto; holiday reunion for Esperantists
  • Soyal21 December – Zuni and Hopi
  • HumanLight23 December – Humanist holiday originated by the New Jersey Humanist Network in celebration of "a Humanist's vision of a good future."
  • Newtonmas: 25 December – As an alternative to celebrating the religious holiday Christmas, some atheists and skeptics have chosen to celebrate December 25 as Newtonmas, due to it being Isaac Newton's birthday on the old style date.
  • Quaid-e-Azam's Day: 25 December
  • Boxing Day26 December – Day after Christmas.
  • Kwanzaa26 December–1 January – Pan-African festival celebrated in the US
  • Watch Night31 December
  • New Year's Eve31 December – last day of the Gregorian year
  • Hogmanaynight of 31 December–before dawn of 1 January – Scottish New Year's Eve celebration
  • Dongzhi Festival – a celebration of Winter
Unitarian Universalism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multinational_festivals_and_holidays

Discussion Forum

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 The new holiday season video and digital audio single, "I Want Peace", tells the story of a young girl's unselfish Christmas wish; her heartfelt hope for world peace. This inspiring song, written by Jeff Saxon, marks the promising debut of…Continue

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Saint Nicholas Day 2 Replies

Saint Nicholas DaySt. Nicholas of Myra is a popular Christian Saint among children across Europe because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Both the North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas are legendary figures whose…Continue

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Saint Lucia's Day is on 13 December, in …Continue

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TOP 10 CHANUKAH SONGS OF ALL TIME

by Mandy MenakerThe weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are my absolute favorite weeks of the year. The…Continue

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The Story of Chanukah

Under Syrian RuleMore than 2000 years ago there was a time when the land of Israel was part of the Syrian-Greek Empire, dominated by Syrian rulers of the dynasty of the Seleucids.In order to relate the story that led up…Continue

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SANTA CLAUS: THE GOOD FATHER ARCHETYPE

When growing up almost everyone experienced aspects of their actual…Continue

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A Child's Christmas in Wales

 One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days…Continue

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What Happens When 8 Cats Write Letters to Santa

Cats aren't shy and are quick to share their wants and opinions -- even with the big guy up north.Angie Bailey  |  Dec 9th…Continue

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