5 most popular December global holidays
5 most popular December global holidays in the world

December is the 12th and last month of the year. Just as other months have holidays, there are so many December global holidays too. These December holidays are well recognized and observed across the world.

Among the several December global holidays in the world, there are some that are the most popular holidays. These most popular global holidays in December are determined by the amount of preference given them by holiday makers.

GhanaVanguard however, compiles a list of the five most popular December global holidays that are observed worldwide.

Here are the five most popular December global holidays.

1). Boxing day

Boxing day is one of the most popular global holidays in December. Despite its name, Boxing day has nothing to do with the sports boxing.

The name is derived from the olden days that masters would put gifts in boxes and present them to their servants. The boxed gifts were also presented to the poor in society.

The day is marked in all the commonwealth countries in the world, and some few other non-commonwealth countries.

When is boxing day celebrated?

As part of the holidays, boxing day is celebrated a day after Christmas on December 26 every year. This year’s edition falls on Monday.

How is boxing day celebrated?

People go to shopping malls for shopping on boxing day. Boxing day sales are very common, and malls or shopping centers offer mouth-watering reduction in prices of goods.

A group of young people observing the International boxing day.
A group of young people observing the International boxing day.

Also, people celebrate boxing day by going out and having fun with friends and families. They also exchange gifts and make merry to the needy in society.

However, in Ghana, a former British colony, boxing matches are held in some places to commemorate the boxing day.

2). World AIDS day

The World AIDS Day is part of the most popular holidays in December around the world. The day is a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a deadly disease that is caused by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

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Reason why this holiday makes it to the list of most popular December global holidays, is that it is a day that is observed in all the 193 member states of the United Nations.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 37.7 million people globally are living with HIV/AIDS as at 2020. Also, 680,000 people died of the virus in 2020 alone. These figures help in highlighting the importance of the World AIDS day.

One of the global December holidays, World AIDS day being observed in South Africa.
A group of young ladies and gentlemen on float observing the World AIDS day in South Africa.

When is World AIDS day observed?

World AIDS day is marked globally on the 1st December of every year. This year, 2022, the day falls on Thursday.

How is World AIDS day celebrated?

World AIDS day as one of the popular December global holidays, is marked with organization of state-sponsored programs. Health professionals speak at the programs and draw people’s mind to the fact that AIDS is real, and that it can not be cured.

Speeches are delivered about AIDS and its preventive measures to the gathered public in order to create awareness in them.

3). Christmas day

Christmas day is a Christian holiday that is observed and celebrated every year on the 25th of December. It is one of the holidays that stands tall in all holidays in December.

The festival is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. Even though the festival is a Christian festival, nowadays, non-Christians also participate in the celebrations.

The 2022 Christmas day falls on Sunday, December 25.

A family celebrating Christmas day, with a well decorated Christmas tree behind.
A family celebrating Christmas day, with a well decorated Christmas tree behind.

How is Christmas day celebrated?

Christians and non-Christians go on merry making spree to mark Christmas. They also exchange gifts with one another and decorate Christmas trees in their homes and workplaces.

The Christians go to church for a short church service. Some people also cook special meals and share them with family and friends.

4). New year’s Eve

New year’s eve is also part of the global holidays in December. It is observed or marked by mostly Christians, in the midnight of 31st December to usher in a new year.

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Just as the Christmas day holiday, New year’s eve holiday is also a holiday that stands tall in all holidays in December.

Date for 2022 New Year’s Eve

The 2022 New Year’s Eve falls on the Saturday, with the next day, Sunday, January 1, 2023, being the new year that is ushered in.

How is New Year’s Eve marked

On the night of 31st December, Christians all over the world go for an all-night church services. At the church services, they pray to God to help them smoothly transition into the new year.

A group of people gathered and watching fireworks on New Year;s Eve to welcome New year
A group of people gathered and watching fireworks on New Year’s Eve to welcome New year

The night is climaxed at 11:59pm with display of fireworks to welcome the new year.

5). Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that is celebrated by Jews all over the world. It is celebrated to commemorate the recovery of Jerusalem. And also, the subsequent rededication of the second temple at the start of the Maccabean uprising in the 2nd century.

According to The Jewish Agency for Israel, there are approximately 15.2 millions Jewish in the world as at late 2021. They are found in large numbers at every part of the world.

This therefore, means that the Hanukkah festival is equally one of the well celebrated and popular holidays in December around the world.

A Jewish family celebrating Hanukkah and lightening the menorah
A Jewish family celebrating Hanukkah, one of the holidays in December, and lightening the menorah.

How is the Hanukkah festival celebrated?

Jews all over the world celebrate Hanukkah which is also known as Festival of Lights, by lighting menorah, and eating special holiday foods. These foods include; latkesย andย sufganiyot.

Jews also play the game of dreidel to mark the Hanukkah festival.

When will Hanukkah be celebrated in 2022?

This year’s Hanukkah festival will commence on Sunday, December 18, 2022 till Monday, December 26, 2022.

The festival is celebrated for a period of eight days. This makes it the only holiday in all the holidays in December around the world, to have an 8-day lifespan.


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