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December Global Holidays

A Rundown of December Global Holidays

December is a month of festivities. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or St. Stephen’s Day, December has something for everyone. From Boxing Day to Las Posadas, you can learn more about the December Global holidays. Here’s a rundown of the most important ones:

St. Stephen’s Day

The 26th of December marks St. Stephen’s Day, a Christian celebration commemorating the martyrdom of St. Stephen, who was known for his service to the poor. It is also known as the Day of the Wren in Ireland, where people often wear wren feathers as a sign of good luck. In many parts of the world, however, St. Stephen’s Day is also celebrated by Hindus.

St. Stephen's Day
St. Stephen’s

In Ireland, there is an interesting, albeit macabre tradition called the “wren hunt” during this holiday. Groups of boys will dress in straw costumes and hunt for wren feathers. This practice has survived for centuries and is still practiced in some parts of the country. Finland also celebrates St. Stephen’s Day with the national holiday of Tapaninpaiva, which is a day of family fun. In addition to the wren hunt, sleigh rides are still available in many Finnish winter resorts.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is an annual public holiday on December 26. It is a holiday observed in the United Kingdom, many European countries, and former British colonies. Boxing Day is also celebrated in the Bahamas, Canada, and Australia. Some countries even host sporting events, including soccer matches and horse races. If you are wondering if Boxing Day is celebrated in your country, you might want to learn about its history.

Boxing Day
Happy siblings holding gift box

The origins of the day go back to the Middle Ages when servants were permitted to visit families on the day after Christmas. The concept of giving gifts to those in need was adopted in 1871. Nowadays, Boxing Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It also happens to fall on the same day as St. Stephen’s Day, another day dedicated to charity. If you are not a fan of the holiday, try to think of something else to do on this day.

St. Lucia’s Day

Swedish residents celebrate St. Lucia’s Day in December, a festival of light and new beginnings. Traditionally, the eldest daughter plays the role of the St. Lucia and bakes treats and drinks for the family and guests. Children believe that St. Lucy will bring them presents on this special day. The tradition of lighting candles and serving baked goods on St. Lucia’s Day has spread all over Scandinavia and the world.

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The tradition of lighting candles during the holiday goes back to medieval times, but has now been modernized. Instead of candles, battery-powered candles are used. Children often dress as elves or Christmas elves. Some Scandinavian countries even elect a national Lucia for the day. As with other celebrations, Lucia leads a procession of young boys and girls in festive outfits. In Scandinavia, the day marks the beginning of the Christmas season and is intended to spread hope during the darkest time of the year. In Scandinavia, schools and other places of learning close at noon on the day of the festival.

Las Posadas

Most people are familiar with the festive season as the beginning of Advent. This New Mexico tradition is celebrated in communities throughout the Southwest. According to professor Larry Torres, linguist and scholar of New Mexican traditions, the story behind Las Posadas is based on the appearance of Lucifer in the eleventh scene of The Colloquy of Saint Joseph, where three demons fly ahead of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. The three demons are commissioned by Lucifer and ordered to enter the homes of homeowners.

Las Posadas
Las Posadas

Although the holiday originated in colonial Mexico, it is celebrated across the world today. The tradition of Las Posadas is believed to have originated in 1586 when the friar Diego de Soria obtained a papal bull from Pope Sixtus V to hold ‘Misas de Aguinaldo’, or ‘Christmas bonus masses’, during the week of December 16-24.

Immaculate Conception Day

Immaculate Conception Day falls on December 8 every year. This day marks the conception of the Virgin Mary. It is considered one of the most significant celebrations of the Catholic Church’s Liturgical Year. The day is also recognized as a Holy Day of Obligation and celebrated throughout the Catholic world with processions, family meals, and Holy Mass. The celebration is a great way to honor the Virgin Mary, which she is revered for.

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The holiday originated in Syria in the fifth century. It became firmly rooted in Eastern Christianity by the seventh century. However, there have been many controversies surrounding its meaning. In 1854, Pope Pious IX proclaimed it a dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. The concept of the Immaculate Conception has a rich history, dating back to the early days of Christianity.

World AIDS Day

The United Nations (UN) has designated 1 December as “World AIDS Day” since 1988. The holiday aims to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to remember those who have lost their lives to the disease. HIV destroys the immune system, which makes it difficult for the body to fight off infections. Once the immune system is too weak to fight off viruses, AIDS occurs. While AIDS is incurable, there are treatments available that can help people who are infected.

The first World AIDS Day was intended to promote awareness about the AIDS epidemic among children and youth. In 1996, the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS took over the celebration and expanded the campaign to be observed every year. In 2004, the World AIDS Campaign was created as a nonprofit organization to further the mission of raising awareness about the disease and the AIDS epidemic. Since then, it has grown into a global holiday recognizing the progress of the fight against AIDS.

What You Need to Know About the December Global Holidays

December is the last month of the year, a month filled with festive mood and joy. In many countries, there are important events taking place in this month, so it is no wonder that many people are curious about the December Global Holidays. Here, you will learn about New Year’s Eve, Kwanzaa, World AIDS Day, Boxing Day, and more! Read on for some helpful advice! Here are some things to keep in mind during December.

New Year’s Eve

As the last day of the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Eve is one of the most celebrated events of the year. Countdown clocks, fireworks, and fancy dinners are common for this celebration in most countries. Thousands of people gather in Times Square, New York, to watch the ball drop at midnight. Other popular New Year’s Eve celebrations include masquerade balls, fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, and fancy dinners.

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New Year’s Eve

Most people celebrate New Year’s Eve by getting together with friends and family. Nearly everyone takes the day off from work, and friends gather at bars, clubs, hotels, and even friends’ houses. There is always some sort of alcoholic drink involved, and champagne is often the drink of choice, although other beverages are also enjoyed during the celebration. Here are some things to know about the night before New Year’s Eve: Ways To Keep Your Household Healthy After New Years

Kwanzaa

One of the December global holidays, Kwanzaa celebrates the values of community, self-determination, and creative expression. The day begins with a libation ritual, called the Kikombe Cha Umoja, and ends with the giving of gifts. The libation ceremony honors the ancestors of the people of Africa and unites family members and guests. In addition to gifts, the celebration includes the observance of the seventh day, known as the Zawadi. During the holiday, children and adults alike are encouraged to give one another gifts that are meant to promote growth, purpose, and self-expression.

As with many other December Global Holidays, Kwanzaa is celebrated on 26 December and lasts until 1 January. The seven principles of Kwanzaa celebrate the contributions of African people to human civilization. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes one of these principles. A candle-lighting ceremony commemorates the seven principles. Traditionally, the seven symbols are placed on a table, with the symbols arranged on the table. These symbols represent the struggle for freedom and the spirit of unity and purpose.

World AIDS Day

The day is a global observance on December 1 and serves as a memorial for those who died from AIDS. Many health and government officials also observe the day, giving speeches on AIDS topics. Since 1995, the United States President has also issued an official proclamation to mark the holiday. People all around the world are encouraged to attend local events to show their support for those who have been affected by AIDS.

The day began as a way to fight the stigma surrounding gay men, but today the mission of World AIDS Day is just as important. The organization behind it wants the world to end the AIDS pandemic by raising awareness and funding for health programs. The day also aims to erase the stigma associated with the disease and make it more acceptable for everyone to receive HIV services. The holiday focuses on raising awareness about HIV and its prevention and care and calling for more government and corporate commitment to fighting this disease.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is an annual holiday that is celebrated worldwide on December 26. The holiday originated as a day for upper-class people to reward their servants and tradespeople with gifts. As time passed, the holiday evolved into a day to shop and return Christmas gifts. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular shopping days of the year. Here are some reasons why people shop on Boxing Day:

Boxing Day is also known as the feast of Saint Nicholas. In ancient times, the day was also celebrated as the opening of alms boxes, which were placed in churches to distribute money to poor people. This tradition was introduced by the Romans, who brought these boxes to the UK and used them as part of their celebrations during the winter. Dutch alms boxes were made of earthenware and shaped like pigs.