December is, without a doubt, the most festive month of the year. All festivals and events are held throughout the month, including corporate, religious, and cultural events.
This article examines the eight most famous December holidays worldwide and their symbolism.
Hannukah, also known as Chanukah (or the Festival of Lights), is an 8-day Jewish festival. It traditionally begins on the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev. The exact date that Hannukah starts each year can vary depending on the Gregorian calendar. The festival falls between November 28th and December 6th this year.
Hannukah marks the return of the Second Temple of Jerusalem to its original location after the Maccabean Revolt. Celebrations include the lighting of eight candles each night for eight consecutive nights. Hannukah also includes memorable songs like Ma’oz Tzur and the recitation of the Hallel prayers. Another popular Hannukah tradition is to eat oil-dried foods like potato pancakes (also known as latkes) or jam-filled donuts, also known as sufganiyot. Celebrities also exchange gifts and play with dreidels.
2. World AIDS Day
James W. Bunn, Thomas Netter, and others first came up with World AIDS Day in August 1987. Bunn and Netter were working as public information officers in the World Health Organization’s Global Program me on AIDS. The official date of the holiday has remained December 1st every year since then.
World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and remembering those who have been affected or infected by it. You can commemorate the day in many ways, including visiting orphaned children, sponsoring safe-sex campaigns, and lobbying governments for increased efforts to stop HIV/AIDS from spreading.
3. Santa Lucia
Santa Lucia, an Italian Saint, was martyred. She is regarded as a light in the darkest hours of the year. Santa Lucia, a symbol of hope and light, is celebrated in Sweden every December 13th. Atmospheric concerts and processions are held to mark this important day. They feature singers dressed in white with headdresses that contain actual flickering candles.
Yule (also known as Yuletide) is a Germanic festival celebrated by Germanic people all over the globe. This festival is pagan in origin and can be traced back to the Norse god Odin and the Anglo-Saxon festival Modraniht. Yuletide technically falls under the Winter Solstice. This makes it one of the most beloved winter celebrations worldwide.
The ancients celebrated Yule by lighting massive logs in a bonfire and then spending the night outside. Log burning is still a common practice, but most people mark the occasion by making a Yule altar, creating an evergreen Yule wreath, and giving back to Mother Nature. Exchanging nature-based gifts and candlelit dinners are common.
Festivus, a global December holiday, was introduced to popular culture by an episode of Seinfeld’s “The Strike.” The episode’s purpose is to protest Christmas consumerism. Instead of buying a Christmas tree expensively, Festivus is marked by simply standing around an aluminum pole. Other Festivus traditions include “feats to strength” and the “airing grievances.”
Festivus fans have been called anti-conventional and with unorthodox views on Christmas by pundits. The holiday is still top-rated, particularly among minimalism and frugal shoppers.
Christmas is the most well-known December holiday. Christmas is the day that marks the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Christians believe him to be the last prophet sent by God to save mankind from sin. All religions, even non-Christians, celebrate Christmas.
It is worth noting, however, that Jesus’ actual birth date is unknown. Because Christmas coincides with the Roman winter solstice, it was chosen. In many countries, Christmas is celebrated as a cultural event and not as a religious holiday. You can mark the occasion in many ways, such as leaving gifts for Santa Claus and Father Christmas. Many people attend Christmas Day Church services, while others choose to take a vacation.
7. New Year’s Eve
This month’s last December holiday falls on the previous day of the month. New Year’s Eve serves two purposes: celebrating the end of the year and ushering in the new year.
This day can be observed in many ways. Many religious people go to their churches to express gratitude for another year’s blessings. Others celebrate New Year’s Eve at bars, restaurants, or other social events. Celebrations peak around midnight when fireworks, joyous songs, and cheers fill the air.
8. Boxing Day
There has been much debate about Boxing Day’s origin and the best way to celebrate it. Many believe this day was when the churches gave alms boxes to the following poor Christmas. Boxing Day is also a day when you can gift postmen, errand boys, and other types of servants in appreciation for their work throughout the year.
Boxing Day is still a top-rated December holiday, despite its symbolism. Since then, Boxing Day has been made a public holiday across many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom. These countries mark Boxing Day by hosting sporting events.
The bottom line
There are many global holidays for December that will help you end the year with style.
December isn’t just a month for indulgence. You can also give the best gifts to those who have made this year worthwhile by giving them thoughtful gifts.
It’s wise to save enough money to be prepared for the season.