Discover the dates on which some of the most important December holidays fall on, and the signigicance of these December celebrations. We also include some details about how these holidays are celebrated and their history.
What Day Is Today’s December Holiday?
|2||Hanukkah||Jewish||Jewish||The Jewish community celebrates the rededication of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem|
|5||International Ninja Day||International||Fun||Who doesn’t like ninjas?|
|7||National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day||US||Commemoration||Commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor.|
|18||Arabic Day||International||Observance||Marks the day the UN declared Arabic one of the official languages of the UN General Assembly.|
|23||Festivus||International||Fun||An all-inclusiv, fun holiday in response to Christmas.|
|24||Christmas Eve||International||Religious/Fun||The day before Christmas.|
|25||Christmas Day||International||Religious/Fun||The day on which Jesus Christ was born.|
|31||New Year’s Eve||International||Fun||The day before New Year’s.|
What is the Meaning of December Holidays?
Hanukkah, alternatively spelled Hanukah or Chanukah, is a day of celebration in rememberance of the rededication of the second Temple of Jerusalem. Hanukkah does not have a fixed date, but is generally celebrated around late November to early December. Until recently, Hanukkah was not a major Jewish holiday. However, its proximity to Christmas in time made it evolve into the “Jewish Christmas”. On this day, religious Jews celebrate by lighting the Hanukkah menorah, which hold nine candles. The celebration lasts for eight days, each day being marked by the lighting of a new candle.
International Ninja Day or Day of the Ninja was a fun holiday initially set up by Ninja Burger on December 5th, to advertise their speedy delivery system. To celebrate, people can dress up as ninja and do ninja-related activities (you can decide for yourself what that entails.)
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is a day of commemoration in the United States. On this day, the US flag is flown at half-staff until sunset, in remembrance of the American citizens who dies in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
On the 18th of December, 1973, Arabic was approved as one of the official languages of the UN. In 2010, as a way to promote cultural and linguistic diversity, the UN set December 18th as the international Arabic Language Day.
Festivus is celebration that was born out of a joke featured on the popular TV sitcom, Seinfeld. Festivus was a secular, non-commercial alternative Christmas. Among the ways in which Festivus is celebrated is setting up a simple, aluminum pole, known as the Festivus pole, in place of a decorated Christmas tree. Festivus is always celebrated on the 23rd of December, a day before Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas. On the Christmas Eve, the Christmas tree is decorated, and at night, loved ones leave gifts for one another under the tree, to be unwrapped on Christmas morning.
Christmas is perhaps one of the most poopular holidays in the world. While its origins are rooted in the Christian religion, many celebrate it without any connection to its Christian origins. It is a day on which families come together for Christmas dinner, and exchange gifts.
Any December Holidays Missing?
What December holidays have we left out? Tell us in the comments what December celebrations we should include and how you celebrate them!