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Multicultural Holidays in December

December is a month that brings a variety of multicultural holidays celebrated by people around the world. Here are some of the notable multicultural holidays in December:

Christmas (December 25):

  • Christian Celebration: Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ and is widely celebrated by Christians worldwide. It is a time for religious observance, festive decorations, gift-giving, and gatherings with family and friends.

  • Jewish Celebration: Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah lasts for eight nights and days. It commemorates the miracle of the oil in the Second Temple in Jerusalem and is observed by lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and enjoying traditional foods.

  • African American Celebration: Kwanzaa is a celebration of African heritage and culture. It spans seven days, with each day dedicated to one of seven principles, including unity, self-determination, and creativity. Families often come together to light the kinara (candle holder) and exchange symbolic gifts.

  • Buddhist Celebration: Bodhi Day, also known as Rohatsu in Japan, commemorates the day that Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Buddhists may engage in meditation, study, and acts of kindness on this day.

  • Islamic Celebration: Mawlid al-Nabi, or the Prophet Muhammad's birthday, is observed by Muslims to celebrate the birth of the Prophet. It is marked by prayer, religious lectures, and festive events in various Islamic communities.

  • Chinese and East Asian Celebration: Dongzhi, or Winter Solstice, is a traditional festival celebrated in China, Taiwan, and other East Asian countries. Families

These multicultural holidays reflect the diversity of traditions, beliefs, and cultural practices celebrated during the month of December. People around the world come together to observe and share the joy of these meaningful occasions.

Let's come together this year and experience the joy and meaning of multicultural holiday celebrations.

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