2013 Calendar of World Religion Sacred Times
December 1 Advent Sunday – (Christian) The beginning of the ecclesiastical year on the Sunday closest to November 30. Advent is the season before Christmas – In Western Christendom, four Sundays are included. In Eastern Christendom, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November.
December 6 St. Nicholas Day – (Christian) Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicolas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches named for this saint who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus.
December 8 Bodhi Day – (Buddist) On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama’s attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception – (Catholic) Celebrated by Roman Catholics who remember Mary’s conception as being without sin, therefore, immaculate.
December 12 Our Lady of Guadeloupe – (Catholic) Celebrated by Roman Catholics throughout Central and South America who honor the Empress of the Americas. Peter Owen Jones joined over 5 million pilgrims in Guadeloupe.
December 13 St. Lucy’s Day – (Christian) Saint Lucy’s Day or the Feast of St. Lucy is marked by Catholics and Orthodox Christians and also celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church.
December 16-25 Posadas Navidenas – (Christian) Hispanic Christian feast of The Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.
December 21 Winter Solstice - Yule – (Pagan) Yule is the time of the winter solstice, when the sun child is reborn, an image of the return of all new life born through the love of the Gods. Within the Northern Tradition Yule is regarded as the New Year.
December 24 Christmas Eve – (Christian) The day before Christmas.
December 25Christmas Day – (Christian) The day when Western Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
December 26 Boxing Day– (Secular) The day after Christmas. A secular festival.
St. Stephen’s Day – (Christian) St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is celebrated o this day. The day is also called the feast of Stephen.
Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)– (Zoroastrian) Zoroastrian anniversary of the death of Prophet Zarathushtra.
December 28 Holy Innocents– (Christian) Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus.
December 31 Watch Night – (Christian) Christian occasion to thank God for bringing people safely through another year. Controversial history. Protestant European Christian history dating from 1733 and in U.S. 1770. Some sources link the observances to Black Christian celebration of Emancipation in 1862.