1 Dec. Mawlid an Nabi-Islam-The anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed, Mecca ca. 570 C.E., observed by Sunni Muslims at sundown and Shi’a Muslims 5 days later, Dec. 6th
3-24 Dec. Advent-Christian-Celebration for building hope
6 Dec. St. Nicholas Day-Christian
8 Dec. Bodhi Day-Buddhist-Celebration of the Prince Gautama (Shakyamuni Buddha) took his place under the Bodhi Tree vowing to remain there until he attained enlightenment.
8 Dec. Immaculate Conception of Mary-Roman Catholic-Holiday celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from sin for her entire life.
10 Dec. Human Rights Day- Universal Declaration that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religious belief.”
11 Dec. Mara’il-Baha’i- The beginning of the 15 month, its name means “question.”
12 Dec. Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe-Christian. Holiday commemorating Her appearance in Mexico City 1531. Juan Diego was told to build a church in Her honor. It is said she can intercede with God so that prayers can be answered and miracles can occur.
Dec. 13-20-Hanukkah-Jewish-The Festival of Lights commemorating the Maccabean victory over Syrian/Greek oppressors and the recapture of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C.E. The 8 candle Menorah is lit at sundown.
15 Dec. Bill of Rights Day-While not a religious festival, this day marks the signing into law of the 10 original amendments to the US Constitutiion in 1791, including the 1st Amendment that protects citizens’ freedom of speech and of religious expression.
16-25 Dec. Posadas Navidenas-Latino/Latina Christian feast of the Lodgings, commemorating Mary and Josephs journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.
21 Dec. Winter Soltice- Winter Feast-Native American Spirituality celebrated by Woodland tribes by sharing food together. Yalda-Zoroastrian-The night of Birth celebrating light and goodness over dark and evil with story telling, feasts, reunions with family and friends. Yule-Wicca-Celebrating of rebirth of the sun Goddess. A time to contemplate one’s future and let of of one’s past. Tohji-Taisai-Shinto-Celebrating of Amaterasu Omikami, sun goddess and guiding spirit of Japan.
23 Dec. Birthday of Prophet Joseph Smith-Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born 1805 C.C. in Vermont. He translated the Book of Morman and became the first president of the LDS Church in 1830 Fayette, New York.
25 Dec. Christmas-Christian Holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus
26 Dec. Zarathosht Diso-The Death of the Prophet Zarathushtra
26 Dec. Kwanzaa Begins-African American Heritage Celebration-A 7 day festival which includes values such as 1)umaja (unity), 2)kujichagulia (sself-determination), 3) ujima (collective work and responsibility), 4)ujamma (cooperative economics), 5) nia (purpose), 6) kuumba (creativity), and 7) imani (faith). Each of these collective principles are known as Nguzo Saba represented by a red and green candle using a central black candle and lit every day for 7 days.
28 Dec. Holy Innocents Day-Christian-Remembering children who were killed by King Herod.
30 Dec. Sharaf-Baha’i- The 16 month meaning “honor”.
31 Dec-Jan 4– Ghambar Maidyarem-The celebration of the creation of animals
31 Dec. New Year’s Eve- A letting go of the old year with blessings for all learning and the hope for the blessings of all to come in the New Year. May happiness, peace and goodness surround all beings.