Around the World December Holidays
Good morning all!
The Christmas Holiday is officially upon on.Did you know that 160 countries celebrate Christmas?
Did you know there are many different “Christmas” types of celebrations in December?
Just to name a few and when they will begin this year (dates):
Christmas - Western Christianity and part of Eastern churches. December 25th. Not just in the United States either.
Hanukkah/ Chanukah – a Jewish holiday beginning December 10th and ending December 18th.
Winter Solstice – December 21st.
St. Nicholas Day – (Christian) observed by Anglicanism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism, Methodism Reformed. Feast of Saints. Celebrated by the Western and Eastern Christianity on December 5th and 6th by the new calendar. From the old calendar, Eastern Christianity celebrated on December 19th.
St. Lucia Day – Sweden, Norway, and some areas of Finland. December 13th.
Kwanza – from the African heritage. December 26th to January 1st.
Boxing Day – Originated in the United Kingdom, now celebrated in many
Commonwealth nations on December 26th.
Yule – Neopagan, pre-Christian tradition (feast of Juul) – Scandinavia, celebrated during the winter solstice, December 21st.
Saturnalia – Ancient Rome, December 17th and last for seven days
Dongzhi – Asia, part of Winter Solstice, December 21st.
Yalda – Irán, Iraq, Persia, Turkey. Celebrated on December 21st.
While researching these dates, the only holiday celebrated in December, that I found which celebrates Christ is Christmas.
During December, I may have to share what each of these holidays means. They are quite fascinating!
Hey, the more you know...
If you have any celebrations or holidays I have failed to mention for December, shoot me a message or comment. I would love to hear more about it.