Few months present as many celebrations as December. From Christmas to Boxing day, the last month of the year is a “world of holidays.” Let’s take a look at some of December’s holidays around the world.
One of the most widely known and recognised is December holidays, Christmas traditions vary and are different around the world. In America, they celebrate with Christmas trees, visits from Santa Claus and dreams of snowy landscapes.
Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is an eight-day Jewish celebration that is held in the remembrance of the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean Revolt. Those who were part of the re-dedication seen what they believed to be a miracle. Even though there was only enough untainted oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, the flames continued to burn for eight nights.
Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 after the Watts riots in Los Angeles. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. From there, he combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations to form the basis of Kwanzaa.
Boxing Day takes place on December 26. Only celebrated in a few countries, the holiday originated in the United Kingdom during the Middle Ages. It was the day when people would unbox the gifts given to them during the X-mass holiday.
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