December Global Holidays, Events, Festivals, National and International Days

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December is the happiest month of the year. The month is celebrated with a variety of activities and festivals around the world, including cultural, religious, and even corporate celebrations. December is one of the few months with such a wide range of celebrations.

People spend time with their families and make plans for the new year. Hanukkah, Yule, and other December holidays are celebrated around the world. After a year marred by the pandemic, many people are looking forward to the December Global Holidays to bring the year to a close on a positive note.

December is without a doubt the most festive month of the year. Around the world, the month is marked by a variety of events and festivals, including religious, cultural, and even corporate events.

We all enjoy celebrating holidays with our families, particularly the December Global Holidays and December Global Festivities.

We will be happy because all workplaces and schools will be closed on these days. We also get to spend time with our families and friends during the holidays. This is the time of year when we get together with our loved ones and exchange gifts. So, in this article, we’ll talk about the December holidays. December is a month of celebration because it is the last month of the year, and many people enjoy themselves.

Here you can learn about the various December holidays celebrated around the world. In December, people of all religions, cultures, and locations around the world celebrate their holidays.

List of December Global Holidays, Festivities, Events (2021-22)

Date 
Holiday

1
1 December:
United Arab Emirates (National Day)

2
1 December:
National Christmas Lights Day

3
1 December:
World AIDS Day

4
1 December:
Romania National Day

5
1 December:
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

6
1 December:
Peppermint Bark Day

7
1 December:
National Package Protection Day

8
1 December:
Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day

9
1 December:
Commemoration Day

10
1 December:
Eat a Red Apple Day

11
1 December:
Kazakhstan’s First President’s Day

12
1 December:
National Handwashing Awareness Week

13
1 December:
National Cookie Cutter Week

14
1 December:
Month of Giving

15
1 December:
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

16
1 December:
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month

17
1 December:
Spiritual Literacy Month

18
1 December:
Safe Toys and Gifts Month

19
1 December:
Operation Santa Paws

20
1 December:
National Write a Business Plan Month

21
1 December:
National Tie Month

22
1 December:
Universal Human Rights Month

23
2 December:
National Mutt Day

24
2 December:
United Arab Emirates National Day

25
2 December:
Safety Razor Day

26
2 December:
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

27
2 December:
National Fritters Day

28
2 December:
Lao National Day

29
2 December:
Business of Popping Corn Day

30
2 December:
Asom Divas

31
3 December:
Make a Gift Day

32
3 December:
National Roof Over Your Head Day

33
3 December:
National Green Bean Casserole Day

34
3 December:
National Bartender Day

35
3 December:
Let’s Hug Day

36
3 December:
International Day of Persons with Disabilities

37
3 December:
International Sweater Festival

38
3 December:
Bartender Appreciation Day

39
3 December:
Faux Fur Friday

40
3 December:
 – Ghana (Farmer’s Day)

41
4 December:
Jay-Z’s Birthday

42
4 December:
National Sock Day

43
4 December:
Wear Brown Shoes Day

44
4 December:
Tree Dressing Day

45
4 December:
SKYWARN Recognition Day

46
4 December:
Santa’s List Day

47
4 December:
International Cheetah Day

48
4 December:
National Dice Day

49
4 December:
National Cookie Day

50
4 December:
Global Fat Bike Day

51
4 December:
Chester Greenwood (Earmuff) Day

52
4 December:
Candle Day

53
4 December:
Cabernet Franc Day

54
4 December:
World Wildlife Conservation Day

55
5 December:
Sacher-Torte Day

56
5 December:
World Soil Day

57
5 December:
International Ninja Day

58
5 December:
National Repeal Day

59
5 December:
Bathtub Party Day

60
6 December:
National Miners Day

61
6 December:
Walt Disney Day

62
6 December:
St. Nicholas Day

63
6 December:
Put on Your Own Shoes Day

64
6 December:
National Pawnbrokers Day

65
6 December:
Mitten Tree Day

66
6 December:
National Microwave Oven Day

67
6 December:
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

68
6 December:
King Bhumibol’s Birthday

69
6 December:
Independence Day

70
6 December:
Día de la Constitución

71
6 December:
National Gazpacho Day

72
6 December:
Computer Science Education Week

73
6 December:
National Influenza Vaccination Week

74
6 December:
Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

75
7 December:
National Letter Writing Day

76
7 December:
World Trick Shot Day

77
7 December:
National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance

78
7 December:
Flag Day of India

79
7 December:
National Illinois Day

80
7 December:
National Cotton Candy Day

81
7 December:
International Civil Aviation Day

82
8 December:
Panama Mother’s Day

83
8 December:
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

84
8 December:
National Brownie Day

85
8 December:
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

86
8 December:
Bodhi Day

87
9 December:
International Anti-Corruption Day

88
9 December:
Christmas Card Day

89
9 December:
International Day of Veterinary

90
9 December:
National Llama Day

91
9 December:
National Pastry Day

92
9 December:
Tanzania Independence Day

93
9 December:
Techno Day

94
9 December:
Weary Willie Day

95
10 December:
Nobel Prize Day

96
10 December:
National Lager Day

97
10 December:
International Animal Rights Day

98
10 December:
Human Rights Day

99
10 December:
Dewey Decimal System Day

100
11 December:
Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster

101
11 December:
Christmas Jumper Day

102
11 December:
International Mountain Day

103
11 December:
International Shareware Day

104
11 December:
National App Day

105
11 December:
Noodle Ring Day

106
11 December:
UNICEF Birthday

107
12 December:
Universal Health Coverage Day

108
12 December:
Our Lady of Guadalupe Day

109
12 December:
Gingerbread House Day

110
12 December:
National Poinsettia Day

111
12 December:
National Ding-A-Ling Day

112
12 December:
Jamhuri Day

113
12 December:
International Day of Neutrality

114
12 December:
Gingerbread Decorating Day

115
12 December:
National Ambrosia Day

116
13 December:
National Violin Day

117
13 December:
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

118
13 December:
U.S. National Guard Birthday

119
13 December:
Taylor Swift’s Birthday

120
13 December:
Pick A Pathologist Pal Day

121
13 December:
National Ice Cream Day

122
13 December:
National Salesperson Day

123
13 December:
National Horse Day

124
13 December:
National Cocoa Day

125
13 December:
Malta Republic Day

126
13 December:
Green Monday

127
14 December:
National Free Shipping Day

128
14 December:
Roast Chestnuts Day

129
14 December:
Monkey Day

130
14 December:
Halcyon Days

131
14 December:
National Energy Conservation Day

132
14 December:
National Energy Conservation Day

133
14 December:
National Bouillabaisse Day

134
14 December:
National Alabama Day

135
14 December:
Martyred Intellectuals Day

136
15 December:
Bill of Rights Day

137
15 December:
International Tea Day

138
15 December:
Lemon Cupcake Day

139
15 December:
National Cat Herders Day

140
15 December:
National Cupcake Day

141
15 December:
National Wear Your Pearls Day

142
16 December:
Kazakhstan Independence Day

143
16 December:
Vijay Diwas

144
16 December:
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

145
16 December:
Bangladesh Victory Day

146
16 December:
Day of Reconciliation

147
16 December:
Bahrain National Day

148
16 December:
Barbie And Barney Backlash Day

149
16 December:
Las Posadas

150
17 December:
National Device Appreciation Day

151
17 December:
National Maple Syrup Day

152
17 December:
National Ugly Sweater Day

153
17 December:
Wright Brother’s Day

154
18 December:
Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day

155
18 December:
Arabic Language Day

156
18 December:
Bake Cookies Day

157
18 December:
International Migrants Day

158
18 December:
National Roast Suckling Pig Day

159
18 December:
National Wreaths Across America Day

160
19 December:
National Hard Candy Day

161
19 December:
National Oatmeal Muffin Day

162
19 December:
Goa Liberation Day

163
19 December:
National Emo Day

164
20 December:
Games Day

165
20 December:
Go Caroling Day

166
20 December:
National Sangria Day

167
20 December:
Look for an Evergreen Day

168
21 December:
Yule

169
21 December:
National French Fried Shrimp Day

170
21 December:
Winter Solstice

171
21 December:
Phileas Fogg Win a Wager Day

172
21 December:
National Short Girl Appreciation Day

173
21 December:
National Maine Day

174
21 December:
Humbug Day

175
21 December:
National Flashlight Day

176
21 December:
International Dalek Remembrance Day

177
21 December:
Blue Christmas

178
21 December:
National Crossword Puzzle Day

179
21 December:
Look On The Bright Side Day

180
21 December:
National Coquito Day

181
22 December:
Forefathers’ Day

182
22 December:
Mathematics Day

183
22 December:
National Cookie Exchange Day

184
22 December:
National Date Nut Bread Day

185
22 December:
National Short Person Day

186
23 December:
National Pfeffernusse Day

187
23 December:
National Roots Day

188
23 December:
Kisan Diwas

189
23 December:
Festivus

190
23 December:
National Christmas Movie Marathon Day

191
24 December:
Christmas Eve

192
24 December:
Libya Independence Day

193
24 December:
National Consumer Rights Day

194
24 December:
National Eggnog Day

195
25 December:
Christmas

196
25 December:
Jesus’ Birthday

197
25 December:
National Pumpkin Pie Day

198
25 December:
Quaid-e-Azam Day

199
26 December:
National Thank You Note Day

200
26 December:
National Whiners Day

201
26 December:
Day of Goodwill

202
26 December:
National Candy Cane Day

203
26 December:
Boxing Day

204
26 December:
Kwanzaa

205
27 December:
Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day

206
27 December:
National Fruitcake Day

207
28 December:
National Download Day

208
28 December:
Pledge of Allegiance Day

209
28 December:
National Short Film Day

210
28 December:
Proclamation Day

211
28 December:
National Chocolate Candy Day

212
28 December:
National Call a Friend Day

213
28 December:
Holy Innocents Day

214
28 December:
Card Playing Day

215
29 December:
National Pepper Pot Day

216
29 December:
Still Need To Do Day

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29 December:
Tick Tock Day

218
30 December:
Falling Needles Family Fest Day

219
30 December:
National Bacon Day

220
30 December:
National Resolution Planning Day

221
31 December:
Hogmanay

222
31 December:
Make Up Your Mind Day

223
31 December:
National Champagne Day

224
31 December:
New Year’s Eve

225
31 December:
No Interruptions Day

Let’s take a look at some of the world’s December Global holidays and festivities:

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1. Hanukkah

Date of Celebration – November 28 – December 6
Category – Religious
Objective – Celebrating the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem
Locations of Celebration – Israel and various Jewish people groups all over the world celebrate this festival

Hannukah, also known as Chanukah or the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish festival that traditionally begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. Each year, according to the Gregorian calendar, there are usually variations on the exact day that Hannukah begins. This year’s festival takes place between November 28 and December 6.

The first day of Hanukkah varies each year according to the Gregorian calendar. This year’s festival will be held between November 28 and December 6. The chanting of unusual songs, such as Ma’oz Tzur, and the performance of the Hallel prayer, are also part of the Hanukkah celebration.

Oil-dried foods such as potato pancakes (also known as latkes) and jam-filled donuts are also common Hanukkah traditions (also understood as sufganiyot). Traditionally, the celebrants exchange gifts and play with dreidels.

2. World AIDS Day

Date of Celebration – December 1
Category – Health
Objective – To raise awareness about the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
Locations of Celebration – Across the Globe

World AIDS Day was established in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter.

Bunn and Netter were working as public information officers for the World Health Organization’s Global Programme on AIDS at the time. The first World AIDS Day was observed the following year on December 1, which has remained the official date of the holiday ever since.

The goal of World AIDS Day is to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and remember those who have been harmed or affected by the disease. There are several ways to commemorate the occasion, including visiting orphaned children, funding safe-sex programs, and urging governments to increase efforts to stop the spread of HIV.

3. Candle Day

Date of Celebration – December 4
Category – Religious
Objective –  To celebrate Bath & Body Works’ annual candle sale
Locations of Celebration – China and the rest of the nations

Since 2013, candle lovers from all over the country have gathered on the first Saturday in December to take advantage of Bath & Body Works’ annual candle sale. Three wick candles, which usually cost around $25, will cost only $9.50. Some stores will extend their hours of operation, opening earlier and closing later to give customers more time to visit the store and smell their favorite candles.

Candlemakers have been adding scents to their candles since the dawn of time in order to create the best-smelling candles. It all started with China’s candle “time clocks.” To add relaxing aromas, incense sticks were frequently inserted into the wax. Incense was sometimes strewn throughout the candle to keep the scent fresh. Candle popularity experienced a resurgence in the 1980s and 1990s, which was due in part to their decorative value, but also to their ability to allow the stressed-out, modern, overworked homeowner to create a relaxing environment using the aromatherapy of scented candles.

4. Santa’s List Day

Date of Celebration – December 4
Category – Religious
Objective –  To celebrate Santa Clause and his list preparation
Locations of Celebration – Europe and worldwide

Every year on December 4th, Santa’s List Day is observed. This is the list that counts in a world where everyone makes lists. It’s the day when Santa compiles his naughty and nice lists of children. On Christmas Eve, those who make Santa’s nice list get toys, candy, and other gifts. Those who have been misbehaving may find coal in their stockings or nothing at all! But how is it possible for a single man to accomplish such feats? Of course, he has helped. The elves who work for Santa keep an eye on the kids all year and make toys for them. Despite the two lists, Santa remains cheerful and generous, as befits the season. Still, it’s always a good idea to be pleasant.

The majority of people believe that Santa Claus was a third-century monk named St Nicholas. St Nicholas gained a reputation as a protector of children and sailors over time. The story of St Nicholas has evolved over time. When Dutch families gathered to commemorate ‘Sinterklaas’ death anniversary in the 18th century, the legend of St Nicholas made inroads into American popular culture (Dutch for St Nicholas). In the nineteenth century, gift-giving and Santa Claus’ role in it all became part of the Christmas tradition. From the streets of New York to shopping malls and advertisements, Santa Claus was everywhere.

5. Krampusnacht

Date of Celebration – December 4
Category – Religious
Objective –  To celebrate an abhorrent animal
Locations of Celebration – Austria

Austrians are not known for their frivolity. Christmas celebrations here are more than just exhausting old cheerful St Nick Claus. Krampus, a carnal devil with far from obvious starting points who slinks through Focal Europe around the end of the year, is one of the most thrilling things Christmas Eve brings. The Krampusnacht Festival honors this heinous animal, which has “blazing coals for eyes, tangled hide, and winding stag horns, who hits people with birch twigs and seizes children in an enormous sack or coffin so he can later suffocate or eat them.”

Many people believe that Krampus derives from agnostic nature spirits from pre-Christian times, which the Catholic Church scorned. Others say he’s always been sneaky. Assuming the role of Santa Clause’s helper, Krampus takes steps to beat mischievous children with sticks or stow them away in his sack, while Santa Clause rewards the good children. Austrians have dedicated an entire day to praising this devilish evil presence, with massive processions that turn this day into an all-out celebration. Krampusnacht is celebrated on December 5th, and hordes of children will be dressed in bizarre costumes.

6. World Soil Day

Date of Celebration – December 5
Category – Earth
Objective – To be mindful of the earth beneath our feet
Locations of Celebration – United States 

Every year on December 5, World Soil Day is commemorated. Without soil, there would be no food security for the world’s population. Thankfully, there is a day dedicated to the importance of maintaining healthy, sustainable soil management.

The soil is where everything begins and ends. Among other things, it provides food, medicine, and filters our water. The majority of us take soil for granted, assuming that it will always exist. However, this is not the case. Growing 0.4 inches of soil takes more than 1,000 years.

The International Union of Soil Sciences proposed in 2002 that an international day be established to commemorate and raise awareness about soil. Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the driving force behind the movement. The movement was led, shaped, and guided by his vision and passion for this most precious natural resource.

The importance of World Soil Day in advocating for sustainable soil management resources cannot be overstated. People use the day to educate and inspire people all over the world. Each year, the focus is on a different theme. It reminds us to value this incredible natural resource, which is the source of our food, the foundation of ecosystems, and so much more.

7. Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Date of Celebration – December 8
Category – Religious
Objective – The day commemorates the conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary.
Locations of Celebration – It is the patronal feast day of America, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the Philippines, Spain, and Uruguay

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception commemorates a vital pillar of Catholic education. There is a popular belief that the day commemorates the conception of Jesus by the Virgin Mary. No, it doesn’t. It is, after all, the conception of Mary herself that is being alluded to here. Despite the fact that she was born in a natural way, Catholics consider her conception to be ‘immaculate’ because God interceded, absolving Mary of unique sin.

8. Human Rights Day

Date of Celebration – December 10
Category – Social
Objective –  To celebrate the importance of Human Rights
Locations of Celebration – Worldwide

On December 10, Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. It is the most translated document in the world, with over 500 translations available. It has prompted governments and individuals to recognize that everyone has the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. On Human Rights Day, we recognize the significance of this document and of human rights in general.

The goal of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is to establish a common standard of living for all people on the planet that everyone is entitled to and to encourage all UN member states to work toward that standard for their citizens. Every day, we should remember our human rights, but on December 10 we should remember them even more and embrace everyone as equals.

9. Christmas Jumper Day

Date of Celebration – December 11
Category – Religious
Objective – To raise money and awareness for underprivileged children
Locations of Celebration – United Kingdom

On December 14, 2012, ‘Save the Children,’ a reputable charity dedicated to children’s rights, launched Christmas Jumper Day. The organization holds a fundraiser every year, and everyone is encouraged to participate by wearing creative Christmas sweaters. The holiday has no set date, but it is always observed on a Friday a few weeks before Christmas Day.

The concept of this day has been embraced wholeheartedly by the entire nation over the last eight years, with many A-list celebrities expressing their support for the cause and some citizens going to great lengths to increase fundraising.

People wearing creative knitwear on this dedicated day donate a minimum of £2, or a minimum of £1 for children and youngsters, to Save the Children. The money will go toward helping kids stay healthy, eat well, get an education, and change their lives!

10. Jamhuri Day

Date of Celebration – December 12
Category – Patriotic
Objective –  To celebrate the independence day of Kenya
Locations of Celebration – Kenya

One of Kenya’s most important national holidays is Jamhuri Day, also known as Independence Day. Every year on December 12th, Jamhuri Day is observed, and most businesses are closed on December 13th. The day commemorates the country’s formal admission to the Commonwealth as a republic in 1964. The Swahili word for the republic is “Jamhuri.” In 1963, Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom on the 12th of December. Many events are held to commemorate the day, including feasts, political speeches, and parades, all of which honor the country’s cultural heritage.

German colonists were among the first Europeans to arrive in Kenya. The Imperial British East Africa Company took control of the region in 1890, and Kenya was a protectorate of the British East Africa Company until 1920 when it was recognized as a British colony. The Kenya African National Union, led by Jomo Kenyatta, won the first direct elections in 1957, forming the country’s first government.

Kenya gained independence from the United Kingdom on December 12, 1963. The country became a republic a year later. Kenya’s first president was Jomo Kenyatta. In Kenya, Jamhuri Day is a national, cultural, and historical holiday. Every proud Kenyan commemorates their long struggle for independence on this day. Jamhuri Day is marked by feasts, political speeches, parades, and dancing.

11. Santa Lucia

Date of Celebration – December 13
Category – Religious
Objective –  To commemorate Lucia of Syracuse
Locations of Celebration – Italy and Scandinavia

Santa Lucia was an Italian saint who died as a martyr. She is regarded as a beacon of hope during the darkest months of the year.

Every year on December 13, Sweden honors Santa Lucia as a symbol of light and hope. Meteorological concerts and processions are held on this historic day, with musicians dressed in white and carrying headdresses with real flickering candles.

In the most obscure piece of the year, she is viewed as a figure of light. Every December thirteenth, Santa Lucia is remembered and praised in Sweden as a symbol of light and trust. This historic day is distinguished by air shows and parades featuring artists dressed in white and wearing hoods with genuine flashing candles.

12. Yule

Date of Celebration – December 21 – January 1
Category – Pagan
Objective – To pay homage to the Norse god Odin
Locations of Celebration – Germany and other German people groups around the world

Yule is also known as Yuletide. It is a Germanic festival celebrated all over the world.

The festival has pagan roots, with connections to the Norse god Odin and the Anglo-Saxon Feast of Modraniht. Yuletide, which corresponds with the Winter Solstice, is one of the world’s oldest and most well-known winter holidays.

Yule was observed by lighting a large log in a bonfire and spending the entire night outside. Although log burning is still practiced today, most people celebrate Yule by constructing a Yule altar, making an evergreen Yule wreath, or giving back to Mother Nature.

Candlelit dinners and Yule tree ornaments, as well as the exchange of nature-themed gifts, are well-known traditions.

13. Humbug Day

Date of Celebration – December 21 
Category – Catholic
Objective – To assist people in dealing with stress and challenges
Locations of Celebration – United States

Every year on December 21, Humbug Day, also known as National Humbug Day, is observed. It’s a holiday that allows you to let go of your worries before the holidays. Because the stress of the holiday season can affect us all, it’s critical that we all have a day to vent our frustrations. Humbug Day, created by Thomas and Ruth Roy, gives everyone 12 free humbugs. The holidays can be stressful, which is why this day was created to help people cope with the stress and challenges.

Humbug is a slang term for downplaying the importance of someone or something. At first, it was just a joke made up of student slang. However, after Charles Dickens used it in his book “A Christmas Carol,” it became a popular phrase. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miser and miserabilist who does not celebrate Christmas but ridicules those who do. Scrooge’s character grew in popularity and became a part of popular culture. Since then, the character has appeared in a variety of media, frequently in connection with the Christmas season. Since its first appearance in Charles Dickens’ novel, the character has been depicted in a number of books and films.

14. Festivus

Date of Celebration – December 23
Category – Parody
Objective – To speak out against the commercialization of Christmas
Locations of Celebration – Worldwide, and particularly in the United States

Festivus is a December global festival that gained popularity in 1997 thanks to an episode of Seinfeld called “The Strike.” This fictitious holiday was created to raise awareness about Christmas materialism.

Rather than buying an expensive Christmas tree, Festivus is observed by gathering around a simple aluminum pole. Two other well-known Festivus traditions are “Feats of Strength” and “Airing of Grievances.”

Some critics have pushed Festivus supporters, labeling them as anti-traditionalists who have misunderstood the true meaning of Christmas. The holiday, on the other hand, has grown in popularity, especially among frugal shoppers and minimalists.

15. Jesus Birthday

Date of Celebration – December 25
Category – Religious
Objective – To commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ
Locations of Celebration – Worldwide

On Jeses’ Birthday, Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth with a variety of traditions, the most common of which include reenactments of the Nativity scene. From simple caroling to magnificent performances of Handel’s “Messiah” oratorio, religious music is a big part of the Christmas season. Many Christian families also have an annual tradition of attending a candlelit midnight church service on Christmas Eve.

Giving and receiving gifts has become an important part of the Christmas celebration. Perhaps this year we should simplify gift-giving by considering how we can give something of ourselves. This could be as simple as baking gluten-free treats for a food-allergic friend, tracking down a book your partner has been wanting, or simply writing a heartfelt note of gratitude to a family member. The key to joyful giving is to give from a full and grateful heart rather than from a sense of obligation or pressure.

16. Christmas

Date of Celebration – December 25
Category – Religious
Objective – To commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ
Locations of Celebration – Worldwide

Without a doubt, the most popular December holiday is Christmas.

Christmas is the Christian faith’s historical commemoration of Jesus Christ’s birth. Christmas traditions vary around the world, depending on whether they are observed for religious reasons or simply as a cultural event. While Christmas in the United States is marked by Christmas trees, visits from Santa Claus and visions of snowy landscapes, Christmas in Australia occurs during the summer, and it is common to go camping or to the beach over the holiday. A “Christmas Bush,” a native Australian tree with small green leaves and red flowers in the summer, is decorated by some Australians.

Christmas traditions in England are similar to those in the United States, with the exception that instead of milk and cookies, children leave mince pies and brandy for Father Christmas. With its Christmas market, Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik transforms into a winter wonderland, and children can meet not one, but thirteen Santas, known as Yule Lads. Each night in the thirteen days leading up to Christmas, one arrives, leaving small gifts in shoes left on window sills. Here’s where you can learn more about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. 

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17. Boxing Day

Date of Celebration – December 26
Category – General
Objective – Symbolism varies
Locations of Celebration – Worldwide

There has always been a debate about how Boxing Day came to be and how it should be observed. Some people believe that this was a regular day when churches distributed donation boxes to the poor after Christmas.

Others regard Boxing Day as a time to express gratitude to duty boys, mail carriers, and other types of helpers for their efforts throughout the year. Boxing Day, despite its historical significance, is one of the most popular December holidays.

The date has been declared a public holiday in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In these countries, Boxing Day is usually marked by sporting events.

18. Kwanzaa

Date of Celebration – December 26 – January 1
Category – Cultural
Objective – To preserve certain African characteristics
Locations of Celebration – Throughout the world, particularly in the United States

Kwanzaa is an African-inspired December festival that is primarily observed in the United States. The day was first commemorated in 1966 in the aftermath of the Watts riots in Los Angeles, California, by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Kwanzaa is a close translation of the Swahili word kwanza, which literally means “first.” The Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits,” is the source of the word “matunda ya kwanza.”

Kwanzaa is frequently marked by performances of traditional African music and dances. Poetry is read, stories are told, and various African social beliefs are discussed.

19. Hogmanay

Date of Celebration – December 31
Category – Cultural
Objective – To celebrate the last day of the year
Locations of Celebration – United Kingdom

The Scottish word “Hogmanay” means “the last day of the year.” It’s observed on New Year’s Eve in Scotland when Scots throw house parties and exchange gifts. The festivities are frequently followed by parties on both New Year’s Day and January 2, which is a Scottish bank holiday. While the exact origins of Hogmanay are unknown, it is thought to have roots in Norse and Gaelic traditions.

Hogmanay is all about getting together with friends and having a good time. House parties reflect the holiday’s communal nature, and gift-giving is a big part of it. The custom of acknowledging the first visit to one’s home in the new year is part of the tradition.

20. National Champagne Day

Date of Celebration – December 31
Category – Cultural
Objective – To celebrate new year’s eve
Locations of Celebration – United States

National Champagne Day, which is observed on December 31 informally, is all about enjoying this bubbly beverage. It arrives on New Year’s Eve, just in time for champagne lovers, giving us an even better reason to crack open a bottle — or two!

During the mid-2000s, National Champagne Day was mentioned in a few books. The books “Practically Useless Information on Food” and “Drink Wine Enthusiast” both recognized August 4 as a national holiday in 2007. National Champagne Day, on the other hand, does not have an official registration date. Because this bubbly drink is traditionally popped on New Year’s Eve, most of the world unwittingly celebrates it that way!

Since its inception on Twitter in 2010, the hashtag #NationalChampagneDay has grown in popularity, particularly in the months of December and January. Restaurants and alcohol retailers capitalize on the national holiday by hosting champagne-themed events to attract customers.

21. New Year’s Eve

Date of Celebration – December 26 – January 1
Category – Cultural
Objective – To preserve certain African characteristics
Locations of Celebration – Throughout the world, particularly in the United States

The last December festival on this list also occurs on the last day of the month. The goal of New Year’s Eve is to mark the end of the previous year and the start of the new one.

This day can be commemorated in various ways. Most religious people visit their places of worship to thank God for the blessings of another year. New Year’s Eve is celebrated in cafes, restaurants, and other social gatherings.

At midnight, the party usually reaches its peak, with joyful screams, songs, and fireworks filling the air.

The Bottom-Line:

December has arrived, the most magical month of the year. This festive month’s quiet reflectiveness spreads joy to all. It is unquestionably the most joyous month, ushering in the holiday season and bringing happiness. In the Northern Hemisphere, December marks the beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year. December Global Festivities – In other words, December is a month of global holidays because it is full of events worth celebrating!

The term “December” comes from the Latin word “Decem,” which means “ten.” December was originally the tenth month of the year, according to Romulus’ 750 BC calendar. Later, the months of January and February were created and added to the calendar’s beginning. However, the month of December retained its name.

Nature’s beauty cannot be justified in words with snow and a chimney in the house. Despite the fact that winter is associated with rest, hibernation, and quietness, its scenic beauty is mesmerizing. December is one of the most anticipated months of the year because it brings a slew of holidays that are culturally significant to their respective countries of origin. While some festivals are steeped in solemn tradition, others place a premium on fun and games. December fills your heart with hope and magic, from modern celebrations to ancient rituals.

There are a number of December Global Holidays to help you end the year on a positive note and in style.

Remember that December isn’t just a month for getting yourself the more enjoyable things in life. It’s also a good time to appreciate those who have made the end of the year worthwhile by showering them with appropriate blessings.

FAQs

What are the December Global Holidays?

December is without a doubt the most festive month of the year. Around the world, the month is marked by a variety of events and festivals, including religious, cultural, and even corporate events. December Global Holidays is a list of festivals that take place in December.

What is special about the month of December?

In the Northern Hemisphere, December marks midwinter and the shortest day of the year. In other words, December is a month full of events worth celebrating, and as a result, December is a month of global holidays.

What are the religious holidays in December 2021?

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, are some of the religious holidays in the month of December 2021.

What is December named after?

December was originally the tenth month of the year in Romulus’ c. 750 BC calendar, which began in March, and thus got its name from the Latin word Decem (meaning ten). Following December, the winter days were not counted as part of any month.

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