Diversity Holidays

The City of DeKalb publicly recognizes and acknowledges the holidays, celebrations, and commemorations observed by the members of our diverse community.

Diversity Holidays for the month of December

Date Event Title Description
November 14-December 24
Nativity Fast A period of abstinence and penance practiced by the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus.
November 30-December 3
St. Andrew’s Day The feast day for St. Andrew within various Christian denominations.
December 1
World AIDS Day Commemorating those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
December 1-24
Advent A Christian season of celebration leading up to the birth of Christ.
December 3
Blessing of the Animals In congruence with St. Francis Day. Many Unitarian Universalists have picked up on the Catholic tradition of blessing animals, particularly pets, as St. Francis was known for his special connection to animals.
December 8
Immaculate Conception of Mary The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the solemn celebration, by various Christian denominations, of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
December 10
International Human Rights Day Established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
December 12
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe A religious holiday in Mexico commemorating the appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.
December 13
St. Lucia’s Day A religious festival of light in Scandinavia and Italy commemorating the martyrdom of St. Lucia, a young Christian girl who was killed for her faith in 304 C.E. She secretly brought food to persecuted Christians in Rome while wearing a wreath of candles on her head so both her hands would be free.
December 16-24
Las Posadas A nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem.
December 21
Yule Winter Solstice Celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans. The shortest day of the year represents a celebration focusing on rebirth, renewal and new beginnings as the sun makes its way back to the Earth. A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky.
December 22-30
Hanukkah A Jewish holiday that is celebrated around the world for eight days and nights. Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Maccabees, or Israelites, over the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus, approximately 2,200 years ago.
December 25
Christmas Day The day that many Christians associate with Jesus’ birth.
December 26
Boxing Day A secular holiday celebrated in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa.
December 26-January 1
Kwanzaa An African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.
December 26
Zartosht No-Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) A day of remembrance in the Zoroastrian religion. It is a commemoration of the death anniversary of the prophet Zoroaster, or Zarathushtra.
December 26
St. Stephen’s Day A day to commemorate St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, or protomartyr.
December 27
St. John’s Day Apostle and Evangelist, feast day for St. John celebrated by Christian denominations.
December 28
Feast of the Holy Innocents A celebration observed in a number of countries on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed.
December 29
Feast of the Holy Family A liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honor of Jesus, his mother and his foster father, St. Joseph as a family. The primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families.
December 31
Watch Night A day for Christians to review the year that has passed, make confessions, and then prepare for the year ahead by praying and resolving.

Please visit the Diversity Best Practices website for a complete listing of diversity holidays.

Make sure to check back each month for an updated listing of monthly holidays, celebrations, and commemorations.