Happy Holidays to All!

I know I have not been as regular as I like to be on my blog these past couple of months.  I have had some personal and professional developments that have required my attention more than usual.  Whichever holiday you and your families celebrate this time of year, I hope it is wonderful, meaningful and peaceful for you.  Thank you for your readership and I look forward to sharing more frequently with you as we move into the new year.


For fun, did you know that during the month of December, all of the following holidays are celebrated?Buddhism

  1. Bodhi Day: 8 December – Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).Christianity

  2. Advent: four Sundays preceding Christmas Day

  3. Saint Barbara’s Day: 4 December – The Feast of St. Barbara is celebrated by Artillery regiments across the Commonwealth and some western Catholic countries.

  4. Krampusnacht: 5 December – The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December. In Alpine countries, Saint Nicholas has a devilish companion named Krampus who punishes the bad children the night before.

  5. Saint Nicholas‘ Day: 6 December

  6. Feast of the Immaculate Conception Day: 8 December – The day of Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception is celebrated as a public holiday in many Catholic countries.

  7. Saint Lucia’s Day: 13 December – Church Feast Day. Saint Lucia comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.

  8. Las Posadas: 16–24 December – procession to various family lodgings for celebration & prayer and to re-enact Mary & Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem[4]

  9. Longest Night: A modern Christian service to help those coping with loss, usually held on the eve of the Winter solstice.

  10. Christmas Eve: 24 December – In many countries e.g. the German speaking countries, but also in Poland, Hungary and the Nordic countries, gift giving is on 24 December.

  11. Christmas Day: 25 December and 7 January – celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike.[5][6][7][8]

  12. Anastasia of Sirmium feast day: 25 December

  13. Twelve Days of Christmas: 25 December–6 January

  14. Saint Stephen’s Day: 26 December – In Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic a holiday celebrated as Second Day of Christmas.

  15. Saint John the Evangelist‘s Day: 27 December

  16. Holy Innocents‘ Day: 28 December

  17. Saint Sylvester‘s Day: 31 DecemberHinduism

  18. Pancha Ganapati: a modern five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21 through 25 in honor of Ganesha.Judaism

  19. Hanukkah: usually falls anywhere between late November and early January. See “movable”Paganism

  20. Yule: Pagan winter festival that was celebrated by the historical Germanic people from late December to early January.

  21. Yalda: 21 December – The turning point, Winter Solstice. As the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days, Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means ‘birthday eve.’ According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on 22 December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning ‘night gazing’. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.

  22. Koliada: Slavic winter festival celebrated on late December with parades and singers who visit houses and receive gifts.Secular

  23. International Day of Disabled Persons: 3rd of December

  24. Boxing Day: 26 December.

  25. Human Rights Day: 10 December

  26. Dongzhi Festival – a celebration of Winter

  27. Hogmanay: night of 31 December–before dawn of 1 January – Scottish New Year’s Eve celebration

  28. Newtonmas: 25 December – As an alternative to celebrating the religious holiday Christmas, some atheists and skeptics have chosen to celebrate December 25 as Newtonmas, due to it being Isaac Newton’s birthday on the old style date.

  29. Kwanzaa: 26 December–1 January – Pan-African festival celebrated in the US

  30. New Year’s Eve: 31 December – last day of the Gregorian year

  31. Soyal: 21 December – Zuni and Hopi

  32. Solstice: On or about 21 December.

  33. Zamenhof Day: 15 December – Birthday of Ludwig Zamenhof, inventor of Esperanto; holiday reunion for Esperantists

  34. Watch Night: 31 December

  35. Salgirah: December 13th – celebration of Shia Ismaili Muslims of their Imam (Aga Khan IV)Unitarian Universalism

  36. Chalica: first week of December – A holiday created in 2005, celebrated by some Unitarian Universalists.[10]

This is why Happy Holidays is a nice way to wish everyone the best of the season if you are not sure which holiday they celebrate.  If you’d like to wish someone with their specific holiday greeting, just ask.  It’s a simple and thoughtful way to recognize the diveristy of our world and to help bridge divides that really should not seperate us.

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