December Global Festivals: This month marks the worldwide holiday in Google Doodle

December Global Festivals: This month marks the worldwide holiday in Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the beginning of December, with the help of a small yellow bird circling the Fairy Lights logo.

Christmas is now in a corner, and families are getting ready to celebrate in a very different way than usual.

Kwanza, Yule and Sitcom fans also celebrate Hannuka in December Seinfeld, The Healthy Tradition of the Festival.

Here is a calendar of festivals of the month.

Hannuka (December 10-18)

Enoch is an eight-day Jewish festival, traditionally beginning on the 25th day of the month Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. This year, it falls on Thursday, December 10th.

Hannooka commemorates the reconstruction of the second temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Rebellion against the Seleucid Empire.

A Traditional Menora (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

It is observed by lighting a menora – a candle with nine branches. One branch holds a candle, usually sitting above or below the other, and the other eight are used to light a candle, which is lit each night.

Some Jews like to celebrate Hannah in the same way that Christians celebrate Christmas and give feasts and gifts. Oil-based foods such as lattes are popular.

Yule (21 December-1 January)

Yule, also known as uletide, is celebrated by the German people. It has pagan roots, especially the Anglo-Saxon festival of the Norse god Odin and Modranihat.

These days it’s like Christmas, when people gather for food and gifts. In fact, it sparked many Christmas traditions, such as the Yule Log.

People in Heathrow and other neopaganism celebrate it.

Festival (December 23)

In 1997, the festival entered popular culture Seinfeld Episode “Strike”.

The parody holiday is a small stand against the consumerism of Christmas, and stands around a decorative aluminum pole as opposed to a decorated tree.

Traditions include “the transmission of grievances” and “ideas of power,” while people refer to “festival miracles,” events that are easily explained.

Christmas (December 25)

Most of the world celebrates Christmas on December 25, the day of the birth of Jesus Christ.

This date was chosen to coincide with the winter weather in the Roman calendar. In fact, the date of Jesus’ birth is unknown.

Some people celebrate Christmas on the 24th, and some cultures celebrate it in January as well.

People give presents, share banquets with family, and decorate trees in homes.

A Christmas tree burns in Potsville, Pennsylvania (Photo: AP)

Boxing Day (December 26)

There are competing theories as to how it got its name the day after Christmas.

One relates to donation boxes given by churches to the poor after Christmas, a tradition in the Middle Ages.

The Oxford English Dictionary states that “the first working day after Christmas is celebrated as a holiday, and postmen, misguided boys, and various servants are expected to receive a Christmas box in recognition of their service year.”

Kwansa (26 December-1 January)

Kwansa is a seven-day celebration of African-American culture. Gift giving and food sharing will end on January 1st.

The festival was created by Maulana Karenka, a festival of African learning and an active member of the Black Power movement, and was first celebrated in 1966.

After the Watts riots, he began by saying, “Give blacks an alternative to the current holiday season and give blacks a chance to celebrate themselves and their history instead of imitating the practice of dominant society.”

New Year’s Eve (December 31)

New Year’s celebrations are very low this year due to the Kovid-19 pandemic.

However, many will certainly see the aftermath of 2020 and welcome in 2021, especially the possibility of a vaccine on the horizon.

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  1. says: Amy

    On Boxing Day in the North West fo England we traditionally adorn fancy dress costumes! The tradition is 42 years old this year!

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