So it’s that time of the year again. And Christmas is not the only holiday we will be celebrating. There are many celebrations across all communities and religions, so please remember to be respectful and embrace everyone’s believes and practices. The holiday season is all about coming together (only if we can safely) and championing the uniqueness and differences that make us strong.
Hanukkah – November 28th – December 6th
This Jewish holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights and commemorates Jerusalem’s recovery and the rededication of the Second Temple. This holiday is celebrated over eight days and nights, with a variety of rituals and traditions that bring together all those of the Jewish faith.
Solstice – December 21st
While the Solstice has a very technical definition (when the Earth’s poles are at their maximum tilt from the Sun), it has many spiritual and cultural significances as well. It is the shortest day of the year and a reminder of our connection with the world around us. A sign of change and growth, take today to reflect on where you will go from here. Especially as the days get longer!
Christmas – December 25th
Over the years in our country, the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus has become more than a religious day to many. It is a spirit and a celebration of community in our nation. Hopefully, this year your Christmas can be spent a little closer to family than the last one. Either way, please remember to stay safe and adhere to all guidelines and protocols.
Kwanzaa – December 26th – January 1st
This special time celebrates the diverse and vast community of African and African American peoples across all nations. While it began in America, Kwanzaa is celebrated worldwide, bringing together peoples and communities for festivities culminating in the Karamu, or feast. While you may not have experienced this holiday, its vibrant and rich tradition has deep roots in the American story we all share.
New Year’s Eve – December 31st
New Year, New You! Ring in this New Year with something better than the usual resolutions. Use this day to celebrate a transition and renewal, allowing you to refocus on what is essential. Whether it’s health goals, spending more time with family, or simply picking up the book you’ve been meaning to, resolutions don’t have to be big. They just have to be something you genuinely want…and achievable, of course!
Universal Human Rights Month
The holiday spirit is often more universally embraced than the holidays themselves. That is what is at the heart of Universal Human Rights Month. Our world community demands the kindness and charity of the holiday season all year round. So as you celebrate and give back, remember that there are those less fortunate who must not be forgotten.