There’s no shortage of celebrations in December. Around the world, people celebrate various religious and secular holidays.
Here are a few of them.
An eight-day celebration marking the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BC, following the successful Jewish revolt over the Greeks.
January 20, 2021 is when the Buddha experienced enlightenment.
A Hindu festival in honour of Lord Ganesha, from December 21 to 25.
December 26 to January 1, celebrating African-American culture. Celebrating African heritage, unity and culture
Various traditions can celebrate any number of days:
- Saint Nicholas Day (December 6),
- Saint Lucia’s Day (December 13),
- Feast of the Holy Innocents (December 28).
- Christmas (December 25)
- In all, there are 14 occasions to celebrate.
With its roots deep in European history, it takes place in various forms from late December to early January. Primarily a pagan festival, many of its practices were co-opted into Christian religious rites. Like Christmas trees, for example.
Not so much a holiday, but a big deal nonetheless, the shortest day of the year has been celebrated since the neolithic period (somewhere between 10,000 BC and 2,000 BC).
More than 40 years ago, in 1976, James Lawrence pasted together the first edition of Harrowsmith magazine on his kitchen table in rural Ontario. Totally unique, it was the first Canadian magazine to focus on organic living, alternative energy sources, and a country lifestyle. Lawrence’s ode to back-to- the-land virtues quickly attracted legions of fans and soon became Canada’s bible for rural living.