Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December - A Month Filled With Holidays by @Donna_Fasano

I realize it is very early in the month, but I only get one day in December to blog so I’d like to spend it talking about the holidays. I love celebrating the season of Advent, the 26 days before Christmas that are spent in prayerful contemplation as we await Christmas, one of the holiest days of the year for Christians. 

However, I have friends and family who celebrate their own cherished holidays during December. I am always surprised by the number of religious and secular celebrations that take place this month. Here’s a list of a few of them.

  • Hanukkah is the well-known Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights.
  • Kwanzaa is a Pan-African holiday that’s celebrated in the U.S. from the 26th of December until the 1st of January.
  • Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day on the 8th, celebrating the day Buddha became enlightened.
  • Las Posadas takes place between the 16th and the 24th as a house-to-house procession of celebration and prayer in a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
  • Hindus spend 5 days this month celebrating Pancha Ganapati, honoring Ganesha, which begins on the 21st.  
  • The Winter Solstice, also known as Mother’s Night, Mōdraniht, Yalda, and other names, is a holiday that takes place on or around the 21st and is celebrated by many people, religious and secular, alike.
  • Boxing Day (the 26th) and Human Right’s Day (the 10th) are both secular celebrations that, in my opinion, honoring our friendships and concern of others.
  • Humanists celebrate “a vision of a good future” on the 23rd called Human Light.
  • December 31stNew Year’s Eve to most of us—is observed and celebrated the whole world over and is also known as Ōmisoka (Japanese), Hogmanay (Scottish), and Silvester (Eastern Europe). This is a time for fireworks, feasting, and late-night revelry.

And these are only a fraction of the holidays that take place this month. If you’d like to learn more, go tothis extensive list of multinational holidays and festivals. Whichever celebrations you commemorate this month, please know I send you my…

Warmest Holiday Wishes!

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  1. I wish you warmest holiday wishes in return, Donna. Yes, there are many holidays this month, and thanks for pointing out some that I wasn't aware of.

    1. I love learning new things. :) Thank you for stopping by, Josie!

  2. Wow, I had no idea there were so many holidays this month. Thanks for educating me. :)

    1. It was an education for me, too! :) Thanks for commenting, Kimberly.

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    1. Thank you, Magdalena. I appreciate your taking the time to read the post and leave a comment.