December has arrived – a month that is full of rich traditions, celebrations and holidays observed by many people in all parts of the world.
Many of these celebrations are linked to winter solstice with light being a significant symbol. Others are religiously linked holy days hence the word ‘holiday’.
Hanukkah or ‘Festival of Lights’ is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated for 8 days; December 8 – 16, 2012
Christmas – December 25th marks the birth of Jesus Christ.
Bodhi Day ‘Day of Enlightenment’ celebrated on December 8th marks the day that the historical Buddha experienced enlightenment.
Kwanzaa celebrated December 26th to January 1st recognizes African heritage in North America
Saint Nicholas Day celebrated on December 6 in many parts of Europe.
Yalda, December 21st, is the Persian Winter Solstice Celebration.
Pancha Ganapati is a five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21st to December 25th.
And many more.
Whatever your beliefs I hope your December is full of happiness.
On that note I thought I would share mine…..