December is the most celebrated month of the year. The time when everything seems festive around. With various traditions and holidays around, it is difficult to know what to begin with. 

People mostly associate December with Christmas, but that is not all. December comes bearing a lot of celebration. There are numerous December global holidays which are celebrated with a lot of preparation. Some are religious, and some are celebrated as a form of tradition.

Wondering what are some of the best holiday events that fall around the month of December? Keep reading till the end to find out more information on the December global holidays! I will also be discussing the best destinations that you can visit during the celebration of these holidays.

December Global Holidays

Even though December has the shortest day of the year, along with the chilling weather, it is also the most joyous season. People from all over the world, from different cultures, have a lot to celebrate, appreciate, and commemorate around this time of the year.

Here is a small guide to what you can expect, the symbolisms, the special foods, and how the world celebrates the most renowned December global holidays.

Christmas

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In the religion of Christianity, Christmas is a historical form of celebration to rejoice the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether celebrated as a cultural celebration or for religious reason, Christmas traditions are known to vary around the world majorly. This is one of the very popular winter holidays around the world.

While the Americans are known to celebrate with Christmas Trees, decorative lights, and dream of snowy wonderlands, it falls during Australia’s summer. Over there, it is popular to go to the beach or even for camping over this particular holiday. Some Australians even are known to decorate a “Christmas Bush,” – which is an Australian native tree that has small flowers and green leaves that are known to turn red in color during this time.

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  • Bethlehem, West Bank
  • Lapland, Finland
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • The Vatican, Italy
  • Bondi Beach, Australia
  • New York City, USA
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Munich, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Valkenburg, Netherlands
  • Copenhagen, Denmark

Hanukkah

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Hanukkah, also often referred to as Chanukkah, is an 8-day Jewish celebration known to commemorate the re-dedication of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem following the Revolt of the Maccabean. It is one of the religious holidays in December. Even though in reality there was only little oil to keep the candles of menorah’s burning for just one day. Still, the flames continued to burn for a total of eight nights.

Hannukah, also known as the festival of lights, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the “Hebrew Calendar.” The celebrations mainly revolve around lighting of this menorah.

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  • New York
  • Rome
  • Budapest
  • Germany
  • Texas
  • Israel
  • Morocco
  • London
  • Moscow
  • Washington D.C

Kwanzaa

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Dr. Maulana Karenga created the Kwanzaa in the year 1966 after the riots of Watts in Los Angeles. He founded a cultural organization and then started African harvest celebrations. From there on, he combined different aspects of various celebrations to form the basis of Kwanzaa.

Each family is known to celebrate Kwanzaa in their own way – they include dances and songs. There’s also poetry reading, African drums and a lot of storytelling.

On each of the 7 nights, the families gather and a child then lights one of the candles of the Kinara; then one by one, the seven values and principles of the African culture are discussed.

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  • New York City
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Atlanta

Boxing Day

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This is one exciting december global holidays among the many holidays around the world – Boxing Day is known to take place on the 26th of December. The holiday, which is now only observed in a select few nations, was invented in the United Kingdom in the Middle Ages.

It was the day when the alms box, a tradition that still occurs in some places, was opened and its contents were given. Alms boxes are collection boxes for the poor that are frequently stored in churches. Additionally, it was the day that servants had a holiday from work so they could spend Christmas with their families.

In several nations, including the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Boxing Day is now observed as a public holiday. Boxing Day is frequently the day for soccer games and horse races in England. The Irish call the occasion St. Stephen’s Day and have a custom known as “hunting the wren,” in which young men affix a phony wren to a pole and parade it through the neighborhood. Boxing Day is observed in the Bahamas with the Junkanoo festival and street procession. Find out more about Boxing Day’s beginnings here.

Keep reading to find out more about december global holidays and places where you can visit to be a part of those events!

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  • Bethlehem, West Bank
  • Lapland, Finland
  • New York City, USA
  • The Vatican, Italy
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Munich, Germany
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Valkenburg, Netherlands
  • Copenhagen, Denmark

Ōmisoka

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As the last day of the previous year and the eve of New Year’s Day, the most significant day of the year, misoka, or New Year’s Eve, is regarded as the second-most significant day in Japanese tradition. For the final time in the old year, families congregate on Misoka by having a bowl of toshikoshi-udon or toshikoshi-soba as part of a custom that centres on consuming the long noodles to usher in the new year.

Many people go to temples or shrines at midnight for Hatsumde. Most of the Buddhist temples are known to have massive cast bells which are struck once and that too for each of the hundred and eight earthly desires thought to be the source of human misery, and Shinto shrines prepare amazake to distribute to crowds. Click here to read more about misoka.

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  1. Japan

Winter solstice and Yule

In various cultures across the world, people celebrate December Solstice or Winter Solstice and Yule. It is celebrated from December 21 to January 1st. In a literal sense, it is the shortest day of the year, and people celebrate solstice through the festival of Yule.

It celebrates the longest night and the shortest day of the year. This is one of the most celebrated December global holidays and is associated with spiritual practice and has great significance. 

Yule basically celebrates the re-emerging of the sun, and after that, the days begin to grow longer. The history of the festival can be traced back to Scandinavia, where the festival was started as a Norse festival.

The Neo-Pagans and the Wiccans are the ones who mostly started this celebration. However, now it is considered a global holiday and is celebrated all over the world. As a part of the tradition, people burn the yule log, and originally it was done to celebrate the return of the sun.

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  1. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
  2. Dongzhi, China
  3. Shab-e Yalda, Iran

Krampusnacht

Krampusnacht is a December global holiday that is celebrated on the 5th of December. This is celebrated every year, but mostly around Germany and other European countries. 

Krampus night, or Krampusnacht, is celebrated with screaming kids along with men dressed in devilish costumes to make them look scary. In a way, it is a lot like Halloween. However, this is a centuries-old radiation that is celebrated the night right before the celebration of St. Nicholas feast.

People believe that a Krampus is a half-goat and half-man creature with big fangs, red eyes, and large horns. Men dress up in a furry costume that resembles the look of a Krampus, along with demonic masks, and scare the naughty children with twigs and visit the nearby villages.

Like Santa presents kids with kids who have been good the entire year, it is said that Krampus punishes those who do not behave. It is a reminder for the naughty kids to behave well the next year so that Krampus dosen’t visit them.

Best Destinations To Visit On This Holiday!

  1. Germany
  2. Other European countries

To Wrap It Up!

That was all for information regarding winter holidays that are celebrated in the month of December, around the world. If you are looking for places to travel during those events then you can consider taking my suggestions. Thank you for reading up till here. I hope you found the information useful. Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the same.

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Tanima Ghosh

Tanima is a content writer who loves to write about topics like Travel, Gaming, Anime & K-Pop. When Tanima is not writing, she loves to spend her time delving into fantasies by reading books, drawing, and listening to music! Being a great travel enthusiast, she hopes to travel the whole world someday!

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