List of All December Holidays

By Matt Ravel

1. Jewish Celebrations of Hanukkah (December 18th – December 26th)

For Jews worldwide, the eight-day Hanukkah festival is a major December global holiday.Hanukkah specialties appreciated by visitors to Israel are latkes (potato pancakes) and jelly doughnuts.

2. International Day Against AIDS (December 1st)

December 1 is World AIDS Day, an annual event to promote awareness of the illness and offer support for those impacted by it.

3. The Krampusnacht Festival (December 5th)

At Krampusnacht, we celebrate the coming of the demon Krampus, whose job is to punish children and young people who have done wrong.

4. Bodhi Day (December 8th)

When Siddhartha Gautama became Buddha Shakyamuni following his first taste of liberation, December 8 was celebrated as Bodhi Day.

5. Feast of the Immaculate (December 8th)

One of the December Global Holidays honors the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Catholics celebrate Mary’s birthday on December 8 because they believe she was bestowed upon us as a mother by God.

6. Human Rights Day (December 10th)

Every year on December 10, millions of people worldwide observe one of the most significant holidays. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

7. St. Lucia Day (December 13th)

Festivities worldwide celebrate St. Lucia Day, which honors King Herod and his two sons David and Solomon’s journey to Bethlehem to view Jesus’ birth. Traditionally, St. Lucia’s Day is marked by the giving of gift baskets with goods such as candles, pastries, and fruits.

8. Posadas (December 16th – 24th)

As part of Christmas and other December events, Las Posadas remember the challenging journey of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. According to legend, Jesus was born as Mary, and Joseph searched for a spot where she might give birth. After a lengthy fight, Las Posadas is celebrated when the refuge finally opens its doors to people in need.

9. International Human Solidarity Day (December 20th)

The International Red Cross commemorates its origins on International Human Solidarity Day. On this day, the International Red Cross remembers its essential ideals of humanism, impartiality, neutrality, and independence.

10. Winter Solstice (December 21st)

The winter solstice occurs on December 21 in the Northern hemisphere, the year’s shortest day and longest night. As the first day of the longer days, the winter solstice is also regarded as the year’s longest night. It happens every year on or around December 21.

11. Christmas Eve (December 24)

Christmas Eve is a time for family get-togethers and religious services worldwide. Around the world, December 24 is extensively recognized as a Christmas symbol and ritual.

12. Christmas (December 25th)

To celebrate Christmas visit top places, it doesn’t matter what your reasons are; it’s a beautiful opportunity to spend quality time with those you care about!

13. Boxing Day (December 26th)

Food and money are donated on Boxing Day, a government holiday marked the day following Christmas. Boxing Day is a lovely December Global holiday observed worldwide whether you go shopping or take a vacation to the beach.

14. Saint Stephen’s Day (December 26th)

The day when St. Stephen was stoned to death after preaching to his people for 40 days is known as St. Stephen’s Day. It is said that Jesus had handed Stephen a stone and assured him that none of his disciples would die from it, according to the tale surrounding Stephen’s death.

15. Kwanzaa (Dec 26th – 1st Jan)

Kwanzaa includes seven days dedicated to its seven principles in the middle of the December festivities that bring families, cultures, and communities together.

16. Eve of the New Year (December 31st)

Specific religious organizations observe New Year’s Eve, reflect on the year and pray for a prosperous new year. Reflection and goal-setting are standard practices on New Year’s Eve in some world areas.