December is one of the months in a calendar year with so many holidays which in most countries, makes the end of the year.
Few months present as many multicultural celebrations as December. From Christmas to Omisoka, the last month of the year is a “world of holidays.”
Full list of global holidays in December:
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration by billions of people around the world.
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.
Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day.
4. Boxing Day
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated the day after Christmas Day, occurring on the second day of Christmastide. Though it originated as a holiday to give gifts to the poor, today Boxing Day is primarily known as a shopping holiday.
Ōmisoka is a Japanese traditional celebration on the last day of the year. Traditionally, it was held on the final day of the 12th lunar month. With Japan’s switch to using the Gregorian calendar at the beginning of the Meiji era, December 31 is now used for the celebration.
6. World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
7. Santa Lucia
Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day) is on December 13th. The celebration comes from stories that were told by Monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden.
Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23 as an alternative to the pressures and commercialism of the Christmas season.
Holidays around the world for kids
Our children and teens may be socializing more online with friends in other countries who may share interests that children in their neighborhood do not.
One of the most beautiful and illustrative ways to do that is to learn about another culture through their celebrations and rituals.
No matter where you are in the world, celebrations, and traditions of holidays around the world for kids and families bring great joy.
Here are some interesting holidays around the world for kids;
e. La Posada
g. St. Lucia Day
h. Three Kings Day
Most notably, the major holidays celebrate light in the darkness, show gratitude for food, family, and life, and pause for reflection or prayer.