The holiday season is almost here! If you’re planning on traveling this winter, be sure to check out our list of December Global Holidays. These days we’ll cover everything from World AIDS Day to Navy Day in India. We’ll also share some tips on what to do and where to go if you’re trying to celebrate these events with your family members or friends:
December 1, 2014 – World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1. The theme for this year’s event is “AIDS: Step Up, Speak Out.” This theme is intended to inspire people to take action against HIV/AIDS and make a positive impact in their communities.
World AIDS Day was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1988 as a global celebration of human rights and the fight against aids.
December 3, 2014 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a United Nations (UN) observance day observed annually on December 3. It was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2007, but it has been celebrated since 2001.
The purpose of this December global holiday is to promote and improve the quality of life for all persons with disabilities. It also aims at raising awareness about disability issues within society and encouraging people who are disabled or disadvantaged from participating in society on an equal basis with others.
December 4, 2014 – Navy Day in India
Navy Day is celebrated on 4 December every year in India. The day commemorates the Indian Navy’s establishment on 4 December, 1945. It was first celebrated in 1950 and later became a national holiday in 1962. The celebrations include parades and ceremonies at naval bases across India.
December 5, 2014 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is a celebration of the spirit of volunteerism and the importance of volunteering. It’s an opportunity to recognize and celebrate volunteerism worldwide, regardless of whether you’re a professional or amateur, young or old, male or female.
Volunteering is one way that we as individuals can make a difference in our communities. Whether it’s by providing financial support for local projects or working directly with others who need assistance at your local food pantry, knowing that there are many people like yourself willing to help gives hope for those who may not otherwise receive such kindnesses from others around them.
December 10, 2014 – Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950. It’s a day to celebrate human rights, but also to promote awareness of them. In 2008, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 10 December as Human Rights Day.
December 11, 2014 – National Day of Mourning in Myanmar (Burma)
December 11, 2014 – National Day of Mourning in Myanmar (Burma)
National Day of Mourning is a day to remember the victims of the 8888 Uprising. It was on this date in 1988 that students began protesting against Ne Win’s military government and his oppressive rule over Burma. The protests lasted for two months before being brutally crushed by military forces who used live ammunition against unarmed civilians.
Today, this date has become a national December global holiday in Myanmar where people will attend memorial services at churches or mosques across the country to honour those who lost their lives during this period of civil unrest
December 13, 2014 – Luciadagen (Lucia Day) (Sweden)
On December 13th, 2014 – Luciadagen (Lucia Day) (Sweden)
The Swedish national holiday known as Lucia Day has been celebrated annually since 1812. It is a Christian festival that celebrates the birth of Saint Lucia and her miracle-working abilities.
December 15, 2014 – Bill of Rights Day
December 15, 2014 – Bill of Rights Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on December 15. It commemorates the ratification of the United States Bill of Rights, which took place on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights was the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
The holiday is often marked by parades and other celebrations in cities across America where people celebrate their freedom from oppression under tyranny and oppression at home or abroad (for example: 9/11 Memorial Day)
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December 18, 2014 – International Migrants Day
International Migrants Day is celebrated on December 18. The UN General Assembly first declared the day in 2000, and it was established to mark the anniversary of the 1990 Declaration on the Protection of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
The holiday recognizes that migrants are a vital part of society and play a key role in our economy, culture, health system and food production.
December 21, 2014 – Forefathers’ Day (also known as Pilgrim Fathers’ Day or Forefathers’ Eve) is an official state holiday in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was first celebrated in Plymouth Colony on December 21, 1620 to commemorate the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Harbor on the morning of December 21.
The Plymouth Rock is a large glacial erratic boulder that has been an attraction for pilgrims since the seventeenth century. The rock is located on Plymouth Harbor in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. It was first celebrated in Plymouth Colony on December 21 with a thanksgiving service and feast day observance known as Forefathers’ Day (also known as Pilgrim Fathers’ Day or Forefathers’ Eve).
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Harbor on the morning of December 21 and spent their first winter at what would become Provincetown before moving southwards to found New England’s oldest town, Boston (1630).
December 24, 2014 – Christmas Eve (many countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile Colombia Finland Germany Greece Ireland Italy Japan Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Norway Philippines Poland Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland UK US)
Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day, on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. It’s also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday in some countries. The religious significance of this holiday stems from its association with the celebration of Christ’s birth in the Western world and other regions that trace their origins back to pre-Christian rituals. Some people call it “the evening before Christmas” because it falls just after midnight on December 24th.
In addition to celebrating Christianity through food and gift giving traditions (such as exchanging presents), many people will participate in parades or parties depending on where they live during this time period; these events often feature floats decorated with lights and objects representing different countries’ cultures; people dressed up in costumes such as Santa Claus or elves may participate too!
Learn about these global holidays with this list.
- December 11-12: The birthday of Buddha.
- December 25-26: Christmas Day and Boxing Day are the two most popular holidays in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which have been celebrated for centuries. In many countries around the world, these days are considered as national holidays (for example: New Zealand’s public holiday on December 26).
- January 1-3: New Year’s Eve is one of the most important celebrations on this list because it marks the beginning of a new year with lots of parties and gatherings! It’s also a great time to eat delicious food like sushi or pastries while drinking champagne (or beer) with your family or friends—it’s just better that way! If you want something more personal than partying with other people all night long then try making your own homemade gifts instead! For example if someone gave me an expensive necklace last year then what would be nice would be if I could get another one from my favorite store but this time instead of just buying one piece off their website I could make something myself too which would cost less money than buying directly from somewhere else outside my home town…
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