Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - December 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - December 2006





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December 3

 Christian
Beginning of Advent
Start of a 4-week period of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ.
Feature: Advent Calendar



December 8

 Catholic
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 16 - 24

 Jewish
Hanukkah
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 20

 Heathen
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

 Hindu
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

 Christian
Christmas
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

 Zoroastrian
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 1

Interfaith
Kwanzaa
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



December 30

 Muslim
Hajj
Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that must be performed by every Muslim man and woman at least once in their lifetime.
Explore: Editor's Picks: Hajj and Ramadan
Essays: The 'Other' Hajj City: Medina, A Hajj for All Muslims
Resource: The Hajj
eCards: Send a Hajj Greeting



December 31

 Muslim
Eid al-Adha
"Festival of the Sacrifice," a commemoration of Abraham.
Explore: Editor's Picks: Hajj and Ramadan
Essay: A Hajj for All Muslims
Resource: The Hajj
Link: About Eid al-Adha



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