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    We would like to increase awareness of and respect for differences that may affect our students and community. We hope that you will consider sharing some of your culture with us! Please submit stories, traditions, artwork, and recipes to vgoodfriendsheridan@gmail.com. Thank you!

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    What do you celebrate and recognize in December? What traditions are involved?

    According to the Anti-Defamation League (No Place for Hate programs) holidays are based on the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used for civil dating purposes. Many religions and cultures follow various traditional calendar systems often based on the phases of the moon with occasional adjustments for the solar cycle. Therefore, specific Gregorian calendar dates for observances differ from year to year. In addition, calculation of specific dates may vary by geographical location and differing sects within a religion.

    December Celebrations Can Include:

    December 1 WORLD AIDS DAY • International day of action to learn about and work towards combatting HIV and AIDS.

    December 3 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES • Raises awareness about persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

    December 6th ST. NICHOLAS DAY • Western Christian Holiday.  In some European countries children leave out a clog or shoe hoping for a gift.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas_Day

    December 8 BODHI DAY • Buddhist Also known as Rohatsu, commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama, experienced enlightenment or spiritual awakening (bodhi). Celebrated on the eighth day either of December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar.

    December 10 HUMAN RIGHTS DAY • On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    December 11–18 CHANUKAH • Jewish Eight-day “Festival of Lights”, also known as Hanukkah, celebrating the rededication of the Temple to the service of God in 164 BCE. Commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek King, Antiochus, who sought to suppress freedom of worship.

    December 12 OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE • Christian Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531. It is thought that Mary’s actions were to show solidarity with humble, not powerful, people.

    December 15 BILL OF RIGHTS DAY • Commemorates the signing into law of the ten original amendments of the United States Constitution in 1791. Click on the link for live virtual programs and Q and A sessions from the National Constitution Center.

    December 21 WINTER SOLSTICE • Marks the first day of winter. The length of time between sunrise and sunset is the shortest of the year with the sun shining closest to the Southern Hemisphere and the farthest from the Northern Hemisphere. “Solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because, during the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still.


    December 21 YULE • A celebration of the Winter Solstice and one of the oldest winter celebrations world wide from German Paganism. The earliest references to it are in the form of month names, where the Yule-tide period lasts somewhere around two months, falling along the end of the modern calendar year between what is now mid-November and early January.

    December 24 CHRISTMAS EVE & NOCHEBUENA  Celebrated on this date every year. For Latin American cultures, this is often the biggest feast for the Christmas season and is an annual Spanish tradition. In SpainLatin AmericaPacific Islands, and the Philippines, the evening consists of a traditional family dinner.

    December 25 CHRISTMAS • Western Christianity Commemorates the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.

    December 26 2020– January 1, 2021KWANZAA A seven-day celebration honoring African American heritage and its continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits (of the harvest)” in Swahili.

    December 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE • In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink. etc.


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