December Global Holidays & Festivals 2022

December Global Holidays & Festivals 2022
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Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s are some of the December global holidays. Christmas is a holiday observed on December 25th by Christians all over the world to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many people also celebrate Santa Claus on Christmas. Santa is a character who brings gifts to good children on Christmas Eve. Some people also believe in the legend of Father Christmas, who brings toys, candies or coal as presents to children around the world based on how nice or naughty they are.

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is the last day of the year in the Greg Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Day are all celebrated in December around the world. Families typically gather together to celebrate Christmas with a feast of traditional foods and Christmas carols. December 25th is also a national holiday in many countries.

Ring in the New Year with friends and family! There are so many fun things to do on New Year's Eve.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  •         Attend a party or go out to dinner with your loved ones
  •         Watch the ball drop in Times Square or another city of your choice
  •         Stay at home and watch the festivities on TV
  •         Play games or listen to music with your friends and family
  •         Enjoy a quiet evening at home

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration and reflection. It's a time to look back on the year that has passed and to plan for the year ahead. Many people use New Year's Eve as an opportunity to make resolutions for the coming year.

Some people choose to celebrate New Year's Eve by going out to parties or by watching fireworks displays. Others prefer to stay at home and ring in the new year quietly. Whatever people choose to do; New Year's Eve is a special time that is often remembered for many years.

Christmas

Christianity is celebrated by people from many different religions all over the world. The holiday is celebrated on December 25th. Christmas, also known as the Feast of the Nativity, is a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated annually on December 25th. It is celebrated by Christians all over the world on December 25th. Many people exchange gifts, go to church, and celebrate with special food and drinks.

Christmas, or the Nativity of Jesus Christ, is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as a holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is typically celebrated on December 25th. Many people celebrate Christmas by spending time with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and attending religious services.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means "dedication." It is celebrated annually from the 25th of Kislev to the 2nd of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar. In 2019, Hanukkah begins on the evening of December 2 and ends on the evening of December 10.

Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. The festival commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC.  According to tradition, when the Jews recaptured the temple from the Seleucid Empire, they found only one day's worth of oil left to light the eternal flame.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa lasts for seven days, from December 26th to January 1st It commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. Kwanzaa is a holiday created by Mauling Karenga in 1966 and celebrates African American culture and heritage. New Year’s Eve is a global celebration of the end of one year and the beginning of another. Kwanzaa is a seven-day African American holiday celebrated from December 26 to January 1. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga and celebrates African heritage in the United States.

Kwanzaa is based on traditional African harvest festivals, and its rituals reflect African American culture and history. Each day of Kwanzaa has a specific purpose or theme, which are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility. Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1 and is based on the traditional African harvest festival. Kwanzaa has seven principles which are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Chanukah

Chanukah is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Kwanzaa is a week-long African American cultural celebration that takes place from December 26th to January 1st. New Year's is a global holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve are some of the most widely celebrated holidays around the world. But there are many other December holidays that are observed in specific countries or regions.

It starts on the 25th of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may fall in November or December on the Gregorian calendar. Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees’ victory over the Seleucid Empire. According to tradition, when the Maccabees entered the Temple they found only a small quantity of oil left that was sufficient for one day’s lighting. However, miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days.

Chanukah is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated in December. It commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BC. Chanukah is observed by lighting a menorah, eating special foods, and giving gifts. The Hebrew word Chanukah means "dedication." The festival of Chanukah is also called the Festival of Lights. It is traditional to eat oily foods like latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (doughnuts) on Chanukah.

 

Here are a few of the most interesting December holidays:

  • La Befana (Italy) - January 6th
  • St. Nicholas' Feast Day (Germany) - December 6th
  • Father Christmas (UK) - December 25th
  • Boxing Day (Canada, UK, Australia) - December 26th

 

La Befana (Italy) - January 6th

La Befana is an old woman who rides a broomstick and delivers presents to children throughout Italy on January 6th. She is sometimes accompanied by a black cat, and she always wears a black dress and a white apron. La Befana is thought to be the equivalent of the American Santa Claus, although her legend is much older.

According to legend, La Befana was a poor woman who could not afford to buy her children Christmas gifts. So, she decided to go to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child. When she arrived, she was too late and found only the Christ Child. The Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, is a Christian holiday celebrated in many countries around the world. In Italy, it is celebrated on January 6th and is known as La Befana.

La Befana is an old woman who rides on a broomstick and delivers gifts to children on Epiphany. Some believe that she is actually the Wise Men, who were not able to find Jesus when they were looking for him. Others believe that she is a pagan goddess who delivers gifts to children every year. No one knows for sure how La Befana began to be associated.

St. Nicholas' Feast Day (Germany) - December 6th

Saint Nicholas' Day is a religious holiday celebrated annually on December 6th in Germany. It commemorates Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, who is said to have visited children in their sleep and left them presents.

The day is celebrated with special church services, as well as gift-giving and festive meals. In some parts of Germany, Saint Nicholas is accompanied by a sidekick known as Krampus, a demonic creature who punishes naughty children. Saint Nicholas' Day is also celebrated in other European countries such as Austria, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Saint Nicholas' Feast Day is a holiday celebrated on December 6th in Germany. It celebrates Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants, and pawnbrokers. Saint Nicholas is said to have been born in the third century in what is now Turkey.

Saint Nicholas was known for his generosity, and would often give gifts to the poor and needy. He is also said to have saved three young girls from being sold into prostitution and to have resurrected a boy who had been murdered. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of many cities in Germany, including Cologne and Hamburg.

Father Christmas (UK) - December 25th

Father Christmas, also known as Santa Claus, is a legendary figure who is said to bring gifts to children on Christmas Eve. His story originates from the 4th century Saint Nicholas, who was known for his generosity.

Father Christmas was popularized in the UK in the 18th century, and his character has evolved over time. He is often depicted as a jolly man with a red suit and white beard, and he delivers presents to children in a sleigh drawn by reindeer. Father Christmas is celebrated by Christians around the world and is considered to be a symbol of generosity and

Father Christmas, also known as Santa Claus, is a legendary figure who delivers presents to children on Christmas Eve. He is said to live at the North Pole, and his sleigh is pulled by reindeer. Father Christmas is often depicted wearing a red suit with white trim.

The origins of Father Christmas are unclear, but he may have originated from Norse mythology or Saint Nicholas, a Christian saint who was known for giving gifts to children. In the UK, Father Christmas is often associated with Christmas puddings and mince pies.

Boxing Day (Canada, UK, Australia) - December 26th

Boxing Day is named so because it is traditionally the day when employers would give their employees a "box" of gifts. The most common tradition is to spend the day shopping for post-Christmas sales. Many stores open very early and offer deep discounts. In the United Kingdom, Boxing Day is also traditionally the day when people give money to their servants.

Boxing Day is named so because it is traditionally the day when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts from their employers, and inboxes.  Boxing Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In Canada, Boxing Day is a statutory holiday, meaning that all businesses are closed. In the United Kingdom, it is not a statutory holiday, but many businesses close anyway. In Australia, Boxing Day is not a statutory holiday, but it is observed in some states.

 It is traditionally a day when Christmas gifts are exchanged and Boxing Day sales are held. Boxing Day is named so because it is the day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers (in the form of money or boxes) as thanks for their service over the year. In Canada, Boxing Day is a statutory holiday, meaning that most workers are given the day off with pay. 

While religious observances are not as common as they once were, some churches still hold special services on Boxing Day. In the United Kingdom, Boxing Day is not a public holiday, but it is a bank holiday. This means that banks are closed, but other businesses are open.