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
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?
How is boxing day celebrated?
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.
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).
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.
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 2022 Christmas day falls on Sunday, December 25.
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.
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.
The night is climaxed at 11:59pm with display of fireworks to welcome the new year.
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.
This therefore, means that the Hanukkah festival is equally one of the well celebrated and popular holidays in December around the world.
How is the Hanukkah festival celebrated?
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.