Special Dates in December

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6th-14th December – Hanukkah

This is a Jewish festival, lasting for eight days and celebrated around the world. The exact dates vary each year. It is celebrated with special food and songs. Every evening the family gathers together and lights another candle on the menorah, a special candlestick.

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19th December – 6th January – Festival of Winter Walks

Set up by the Ramblers 25 years ago, this fortnight of walks is aimed at getting us walking, whatever the weather! Walks take place across England, Scotland and Wales.

Find out more: www.ramblers.org.uk

22nd December – Winter Solstice

This is the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. North of the Artic Circle there is no light at all at this time of year.

Find out more: www.timeanddate.com

25th December – Christmas Day

Celebrated by Christians around the world to remember the day Jesus Christ was born. It is a public holiday in many countries and is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular festival.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org

26th December – Boxing Day

In the UK and former British Commonwealth countries the day after Christmas Day is known as Boxing Day. This year Christmas Day is on a Friday so Boxing Day, which is a bank holiday, is moved to Monday 28th December.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org

26th December – 1st January - Kwanzaa

This cultural celebration mainly in the United States recognises the heritage, community and values of African-Americans. It is a secular festival that was started in 1966, and is related to African celebrations of the first harvest.

Find out more: www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org

31st December – New Year's Eve

Also known as Old Year's Eve in some countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated around the world with parties and fireworks. In England, the striking of Big Ben in London traditionally marks the start of the New Year. In Scotland it is called Hogmanay and people link arms and sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.