Another year comes to an end. But before it does, we’ve definitely got a lot to celebrate. December brings with it times of great joy and reverence for people of all different cultures, religions, and communities. While some of these celebrations may be the most difficult of the year regarding adhering to COVID-19 precautions, we know that we can make the best of it if we work together and stay positive.
Hanukkah – December 10th – December 18th
Known as the Festival of Lights, this holiday honors the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, which took place around the 160s AD. This eight-night and day celebration is observed by those of the Jewish faith and is popularly known for the lighting of the menorah.
Winter Solstice – December 21st
Most notably, today is the shortest day of the year and has great importance in both religious and secular communities. This significant day can be a celebration of nature and a commemoration of the winter season. After today, the days will slowly get longer.
Christmas Day – December 25th
Today is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. One of the more popular celebrations in our country, it has become a cultural commemoration as well, reaching far beyond its roots and uniting many Americans even across religious backgrounds.
Kwanzaa – December 26th – January 1st
This holiday was first celebrated in 1966 and is the celebration of African-American culture and life. Created by Maulana Karenga after the Watts Riots, this multi-day celebration brings together friends and family for gift-giving and Karamu Ya Imani, a Feast of Faith.
New Year’s Eve – December 31st
The last day of the year in the modern Gregorian calendar. While this is the day celebrated in America, the concept of New Year’s Day is celebrated all over the world. It is a joyous day of remembrance and renewal, new commitments, and fond memories.
Handwashing Awareness Month
We all know the importance of handwashing by now, but it’s a good time to remember this essential step to protecting yourself from COVID-19. Be sure to keep up the basics, which include washing properly for at least 20 seconds. We know it can be a drain, but a little extra effort is worth keeping those we hold dear and ourselves safe.