01 December 2020 16:51
Today, Google Doodle celebrates the beginning of December, with the help of a little yellow bird wrapping fairy lights around its logo. Christmas is now approaching, as families prepare to celebrate in a completely different way than usual. the news Latest news and analysis Hanukkah is also celebrated in December, as are kwanzaa, yule and fans of the sitcom SeinfeldFestivus, the less useful mimic. Here is a calendar of the month's celebrations. Hanukkah (December 10-18) Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival that traditionally begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar.
This year, which falls on Thursday, December 10. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Traditional Candlestick (Image: Wikimedia Commons) They are noticed by lighting a menorah – a candlestick that has nine branches. One branch, usually above or below the other branches, holds the candle used to light the other eight, and one of them is lit every night. Some Jews like to celebrate Hanukkah in a similar way to the way Christians celebrate Christmas, feasting and giving gifts. Oil-based foods like latex are common. Christmas Day (December 21 – January 1) The Germanic people celebrate Yule, also known as Yuletide. It has pagan roots, notably to the Norse god Odin and the Anglo-Saxon festival in Modernite. These days it is like Christmas, when people gather to eat meals and give gifts. In fact, it spawned a number of Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas log. It is celebrated mostly by people in Heathenry and other forms of Neopaganism. Festivus (December 23) Festivus entered popular culture in 1997 thanks to Seinfeld The "Whammy" episode. The parody holiday is resistant to Christmas consumerism, and is celebrated by standing around an unadorned aluminum column, rather than a decorated tree. Traditions include "broadcasting grievances" and "exploits of power," while people also refer to "miracles of Festivus," which are, in fact, events that can be easily explained. Christmas (December 25) Most of the world celebrates Christmas on December 25, marking the birth of Jesus Christ. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the winter solstice in the Roman calendar. In fact, the date of Jesus' birth is unknown. Some people celebrate Christmas on the 24th, and some cultures celebrate January. People give gifts, share holidays with family, and decorate trees in their homes. A Christmas Tree lit up in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (Image: AP) Boxing Day (December 26) There are competing theories about how the day after Christmas got its name. One concerns alms funds, which churches used to give to the poor after Christmas, in a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. The Oxford English Dictionary says it refers to "the first day of the week after Christmas Day, which is celebrated as a holiday on which postmen, errand boys, and servants of all kinds expect a Christmas Box" as an estimate of their year of service. Kwanzaa (December 26 – January 1) Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of African American culture. Ends on January 1st with gifts and meal sharing. Established by Maulana Karinga, the festival is a festival of African studies and an active member of the black power movement, and it was celebrated for the first time in 1966. He started it after the Watts riots "to give blacks an alternative to the current holiday and to give blacks a chance to celebrate themselves and their history, instead of just imitating the practice of the dominant society." New Years Eve (December 31) New Year's Eve celebrations will be much less noisy this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many will undoubtedly be happy to see the end of 2020 and welcome them in 2021, especially with the possibility of a vaccine in sight.