Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - December 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - December 2005

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December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Commemoration of Mary's conception by Joachim and Anna. Catholic teaching holds that, from the moment of her conception, Mary was sinless (never tainted by Original Sin).
Essay: Too Cool for Mary?

 Zen Buddhist
Bodhi Day/Rohatsu
Commemoration of the Buddha's enlightenment; a time of intense meditation.
Essay: Buddhism's Gospel: Rohatsu and Enlightenment
Excerpt: What Is Rohatsu?
Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

December 20

Mother Night
Eve of Winter Solstice and the holiest night of the year; marks the beginning of the twelve days of Yule.
Link: About Yule
eCards: Send a Yule Greeting

December 21

 Pagan/Wiccan   Heathen
Winter Solstice/Saturnalia/Yule
Pagan observance of the longest night of the year, celebrating the rebirth of the sun god. The first of twelve days of Yule celebrating the Holy Tide of Heathen ancestral ways, community, gift giving, and the rebirth of longer days.
Essay: Light Born Out of the Dark
Excerpt: Celebrating Winter Solstice
Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
Link: About Yule
eCards: Send a Yule Greeting

December 21 - 25

Pancha Ganapati
Five-day festival honoring Ganesh; a family celebration enjoyed by children and adults.
Excerpt: A Hindu Answer to the December Dilemma

December 25

Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ; coined from the old English Christes maesse or "Christ's mass."
Feature: Celebrating the Birth of Christ
eCards: Send a Christmas Greeting

December 26

Zarathosht Diso (Zarthost No Deeso)
Commemoration of the death of the Prophet Zarathustra; a solemn occasion devoted to special prayers and discourse concerning the life and works of Zarathustra.
Link: About Zarthost No Deeso

December 26 - January 2

Eight-day festival of lights beginning on the 25th of Kislev
commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jersalem after its desecration by Syrian King Antiochus in 165 BCE (begins at sundown the night before).
Feature: A Great Miracle Happened
Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
eCards: Send a Hanukkah Greeting

December 26 - January 1

Seven-day African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community, and culture.
Basics: Kwanzaa Primer
Feature: Kwanzaa Day by Day
Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
eCards: Send a Kwanzaa Greeting

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