December Global Holidays: What To Celebrate

December

Have you ever thought about what holidays make the world go round? From religious celebrations like Christmas and Easter, to cultural events like Independence Day and New Year’s Eve, there are so many landmarks throughout each year. Some of these global holidays might be celebrated by your family on a more specific day, but they are still important for everyone regardless of who is celebrating them. Here, are some global holidays to celebrate in December.

December Global Holidays: What Are They and What Do They Mean

Have you ever thought about what holidays make the world go round? From religious celebrations like Christmas and Easter, to cultural events like Independence Day and New Year’s Eve, there are so many landmarks throughout each year. Some of these global holidays might be celebrated by your family on a more specific day, but they are still important for everyone regardless of who is celebrating them. Here, are some global holidays to celebrate in December.

What are the December global holidays?

In this section, we have compiled a list of events you can take part in over the month of December.

Christmas and the spirit of giving

There are so many holidays that surround the festive season and it’s important to focus on the good that’s done for humanity. One of the most recognizable holidays is Christmas, where families gather to celebrate in the spirit of giving. This holiday is celebrated by Catholics and Protestants, Jews and Muslims, non-believers and believers of many different traditions.

To get into the spirit of giving, many people visit hospitals and shelters and donate gifts. Others volunteer for organizations around the world to give back to those who need the help most. Some families opt to give each other a gift of experiences rather than material items. For instance, I know several families who bake and decorate cookies together and give them to neighbors or friends.

The winter solstice

The winter solstice

A number of people will celebrate the winter solstice (December 21) which marks the start of the shortest day and longest night of the year. A number of cultures celebrate this day with ceremonies and practices that include outdoor festivals and lighting bonfires.

Independence Day

This holiday might have a very different significance in your family. The Fourth of July is marked by parades and fireworks around the country. It is believed that the first Independence Day celebration occurred in 1776. According to some, the celebrations began as early as 1775 and gained momentum the following year.

New Year’s Eve

The New Year’s Eve is a festival held in many countries that are close to the equator and so with a more tropical climate.

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Christmas in America

Holidays are always celebrated differently depending on where you live, but some holidays are more widely observed. In the United States, Christmas is a time to spend time with loved ones and enjoy some tasty treats. If you are celebrating at home, you can watch some classic holiday movies like Miracle on 34th Street, The Christmas Story, Elf and the Grinch. At work, you might be tempted to celebrate with holiday parties like the Kringle Swap and the Feast of Seven Fishes. If you have the day off, you can go on a nice hike to visit Santa.

Presidents Day in the United States

Though the history behind the holiday has several names, Presidents Day is held on the third Monday in February. On Presidents Day, many Americans go out to enjoy the great outdoors.

New Year’s Eve and the end of the year

New Year’s Eve is a special occasion around the world that traditionally marks the end of one year and the beginning of another. In many places in the world, including the United States, this is a large celebration marked with parades, fireworks, family gatherings, and a lot of fun. New Year’s Eve is also recognized as an opportunity to say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new one. It’s a day to thank people for making 2017 a good year by sharing in some champagne and bowing to your family and friends.

People celebrate Christmas as a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to enjoy family time. Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph during the Nativity and this is a special celebration for Christians.

The beginning of a new year

The beginning of the new year is a common cultural moment. There are many reasons why people celebrate the beginning of a new year and some have to do with religious significance, but most have to do with a feeling of hope and rebirth for the new year to come. Christmas is most commonly celebrated on Jan. 6. In some countries, like the U.S., it’s called the Winter Solstice, and is the shortest day of the year. Others believe the New Year begins on Jan. 1, and others just call it a New Year’s Day. These celebrations include giving gifts to loved ones and eating special food.

A week before Christmas

A week before Christmas

The week before Christmas is known as “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The tradition dates back to the 15th century, when carolers would sing a song about 12 different animals.

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New Year’s Resolutions

November 8 is just around the corner and that is the day for all you last minute New Year’s Resolution day planners to kick into high gear. If you haven’t made your New Year’s Resolutions yet, you still have a few days to think about them. The last week of December is the best time to set a resolution that you can stick to in the new year. For many people, the best way to take the new year by the horns is to make a New Year’s resolution.

This year’s theme is “Choose a goal that is right for you”. This way you can create the one that will take your New Year by the horns. It could be as simple as giving up your favorite piece of chocolate or perhaps as crazy as getting a wild new hairstyle. However, as long as you stick to it, it is not too late to begin your resolution.

December’s Global Holidays

Christmas

The most widely celebrated Christmas holiday of them all is Christmas. From what we can gather from our little understanding of Christmas, it is a holiday that comes around every December, taking its name from the Christian Feast of the Nativity of Jesus, or more commonly, Christ’s birth. Although there are many customs and traditions associated with Christmas, these are some of the main ones that we can generally agree on.

Caroling

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” “Deo gratias.” These are the opening lines to the beloved Christmas carol, “Silent Night.” While not all carolers will sing them, many will be familiar with the classic lyrics that accompany this cherished melody.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

Celebrated on Dec. 25, some people believe that Jesus was the Christ. It is celebrated worldwide every year, although many people use Christmas Eve to celebrate his birthday. His birth is said to have taken place in Bethlehem and to have occurred to Joseph and Mary. His birth was a key point in the prophecy of Jesus and the end of time.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday devoted to thanking God for all he has given us. A day of celebration in the United States, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year.

Lent

The Catholic Church began the practice of giving up a big life-changing habit of all they had to focus on other parts of their lives. Many people give up alcohol for the 40 days of Lent.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8 is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, marking the day Mary, mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin. St. Anne, the mother of Mary, had faith that she would have a special child, but she was only expecting a son; and yet, after giving birth to a daughter, she named her Mary, a name that continues to signify motherhood today.

Christmas Eve Service

Perhaps the most notable holiday celebrated at Christmastime is Christmas Eve. By the same token, December 24 is also the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated with church services all over the world.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Also celebrated in December, December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of Jesus.

Yuletide

Yuletide, as we know it, is also known as Christmas, as it is the season of giving and togetherness. Starting with the Winter Solstice, we get to welcome the shortest days and longest nights of the year and usher in longer days and more sunlight! It is a time to reflect on family, friends, and home. Yuletide is also a time of splurging and giving gifts, from people to the environment. You’ll also probably be eating way more cookies than you should. (Get our guide to eating cookies.)

It is celebrated by families and loved ones from around the globe. You will also see a lot of Santas, Santa Claus. Christmas is also known as the Festival of Lights, due to the “love, peace, and harmony” it brings to the world, according to a website devoted to Christmas.

Independence Day

The United States celebrates its Independence Day on the 4th of July. The holiday is often described as the birth of the nation and the place in history where it was declared its independence from the British. Although it was formally set as a federal holiday in 1885, it wasn’t recognized as a federal holiday until a congressional bill passed in 1966. The holiday is now observed by public employees and schools in most states, and some private ones. A fireworks display is generally held to commemorate the day.

Christmas

Christmastime is the busiest season of the year for Christmas sales. According to Statistic Brain, between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, between 18% and 21% of consumer spending happens on Christmas Day itself.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Although this is not an official holiday, it is the largest celebration of the year in China. The holiday lasts for 15 days, beginning on the new year date and ending on the day after the lunar eclipse. All of China gets together to attend a family dinner to get together for the new year, and traditionally, there are fireworks every night. It is the most widely celebrated holiday in China.

All Souls Day

This is one of the oldest Christian holidays in the world. On November 2, all of the departed are remembered, and on November 2 and 3, family members visit the graves of the deceased. On the night of November 2, every family member is expected to gather together to remember the deceased, and they must also share a meal.

Diwali

The popular Hindu festival of lights is known as Diwali. Diwali is an annual holiday celebrated throughout India and countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the United States. It is celebrated with lighting of diyas, called oil lamps, in doorways and windows. For the day, families host parties to exchange gifts and special lights, called diyas. These gifts may range from cash to traditional Indian garments and decorations. On the first day of Diwali, children are given new clothes to wear and are given money to spend.

Easter

Easter

 

Easter, also known as Pascha (or Passover), is a Christian religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ after he died on the cross and went through death to gain his rightful place as the son of God.

Conclusion

Whether you choose to celebrate or observe a global holiday, or simply observe the beautiful December days around you, have a great holiday season!