December is always the most spirited month of the year! While it may the Christmas season in full swing now with its loads of lights, décor, songs, and sales—emphasis on the songs and sales! It may also be any other number other holidays and observances that are celebrated in this month…
Historically, it’s a busy month. Observed on the first is Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on a public bus in 1955—an event which set forth the civil rights movement for her people. The seventh is memorialized for Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The sixteenth marks the anniversary of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. Then the seventeenth is declared Wright Brothers Day, for their first aircraft flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1901.
Many artists and names of fame we know and love today celebrate days of birth this month. Just a few to list are Walt Disney (on the fifth), Emily Dickinson (on the tenth), Frank Sinatra (on the twelfth), Ludwig Van Beethoven (on the sixteenth), and Tiger Woods (on the thirtieth).
Recognized and celebrated for longer periods of time out of the month are events like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Hanukkah is an eight-day ceremony that commemorates the ancient historical rededication of the Jewish Holy Temple. It is often otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, as it is celebrated with lighting candles on a menorah. This year it starts on the eighth. Kwanzaa honors African-American heritage and culture from the twenty-sixth to January first. It was created in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday.
Starting the sixteenth, some Latino countries observe what they call Las Posadas (this translates to the inn or lodging). It is a nine-day reenactment of Joseph’s and Mary’s search for an inn the night she gave birth to Christ. Traditionally it takes the form of a children’s parade, where the participants are dressed as shepherds, angels, the wise men, and Joseph and Mary themselves. Adults follow carrying candles. They travel to a designated home, exchange lyrics to a special song, then celebrate with food, music, piñatas, and even fireworks.
From beginning to end, December is full days to remember and celebrate! Whatever it is you’re commemorating, ToastPop hopes you have fun and stay safe!