Cultural Calendar: December 2021

What About December?
Cultural Calendar
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Universal Human Rights Month
People across the globe are encouraged to stand up for equality, justice, and the inherent dignity of all humans. This month-long observation can best be celebrated by educating oneself about struggles faced by people with different backgrounds, learning about the histories of different cultures, and recognizing that every person, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or heritage, deserves respect and recognition.
Nov 28-Dec 6
This Jewish holiday commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt.
Dec 1
World AIDS Day
This day commemorates and memorializes those who have died of HIV/AIDS and acknowledges a commitment to those who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Dec 3
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
On this day, people around the world are encouraged to consider the unique struggles faced by our brothers and sisters with disabilities and how we can change society to be more inclusive towards individual needs.
Dec 6
St. Nicholas Day
In celebration of Saint Nicholas who gave everything he owned to the poor, Christians typically hold feasts and leave small gifts and treats in shoes.
Dec 7
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
“A day that will live in infamy.” This day commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor and honors the efforts made in the Pacific War that followed.
Dec 8
Bodhi Day
This Buddhist holiday celebrates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, experienced enlightenment.
Dec 9
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide
The purpose of this international day of observance is to affirm the dignity of all victims of genocide and to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention.
Dec 15
Bill of Rights Day
Established by FDR, and made annual by Harry Truman, this day commemorates Bill of Rights’ ratification and the ideals to which the Founding Fathers held themselves.
Dec 10
International Human Rights Day
The UN established this celebration in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Dec 16-24
Las Posadas
In Mexican culture, this 9-day celebration commemorates the trials Mary and Joseph surmounted during their journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Dec 21
Winter Solstice
The shortest day of the year marks the official first day of winter that has been celebrated by many religions since ancient times.
Dec 25
On this day, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus by attending church, giving gifts, and enjoying quality time with family and friends.
Dec 26
St. Stephen’s Day
This day of commemoration recognizes the life of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, or protomartyr.
Dec 26-Jan 1
Started by Maulana Karenga in 1966, this holiday celebrates universal African-American heritage and culture.
Dec 27
St. John’s Day
This feast day celebrates the life and accomplishments of St. John, the Apostle and Evangelist.
New Years Eve / Omisoka
On the final day of the year, the world celebrates the accomplishments of the past year and makes preparations for the new year. In Japan, Omisoka is one of the most important holidays, and the coming of the new year is celebrated by hosting Bonenkai parties, writing friendly letters, and decorating homes with sacred Shinto straw rope.

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