Dec 1 World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day serves to remember those who have died from AIDS and to bring about awareness of HIV/AIDS through education and publicly held events. HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system and makes it progressively more difficult to fight infections and diseases. Once HIV advances and becomes so severe that the body's immune system is too weak to fight off many infections and diseases, it is called AIDS. There is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS and if left untreated by antiretroviral medication, patients' immune systems fail to lead to death. World AIDS Day is also an opportunity for people to show their support for people living with HIV.
World AIDS Day is one of the 8 WHO Global Health Days. The day was created by the World Health Organization in 1988. Since its inception over two decades ago, the world has managed to halt and reverse the spread of HIV. According to the WHO, the occurrence of new cases has decreased 35% between 2000 and 2015, while AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 24% over the same time frame, all thanks to antiretroviral treatments and widespread AIDS education and awareness. World AIDS Day is observed on December 1st of each year.
Dec 2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery History
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery aims to end slavery in the world. Contemporary forms of slavery include sexual exploitation, forced marriage, trafficking of persons and recruitment of children for armed conflict. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are currently 21 million people enslaved in the world, a business that generates around 150 billion US dollars in illegal profits every year.
The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as a day to be celebrated every December 2nd. The day marks the 1949 adoption of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.
Dec 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities History
International Day of Persons with Disabilities seeks to empower the rights of persons with disabilities. This day aims to raise awareness about the situation of people with disabilities in regards to their political, social, economic, and cultural life. It aims to increase their wellbeing and promote their rights.
International Day or Persons with Disabilities was established in 1992 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 3rd.
Dec 4 National Cookie Day History
National Cookie Day promotes the sweet, baked treat. Cookies are thin, flat, crunchy, sometimes chewy, treats. They are typically made with flour, sugar, and a type of oil or fat.
National Cookie Day was established in 1987 by Blue Chip Cookie Company employee Matt Nader. It is observed annually on November 4th.
Dec 5 International Volunteer Day History
International Volunteer Day seeks to raise awareness about the contributions of volunteers. This day recognizes and celebrates the efforts of organizations and volunteers toward their communities. It encourages volunteering and aims to improve communication between the U.N, governments, and volunteer-involved organizations.
International Volunteer Day was established in 1985 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 5th.
Dec 6 Saint Nicholas Day History
Saint Nicholas Day seeks to celebrate the patron saint Nicholas of Myra. This day aims to recognize his contributions to the poor and his reputation for bringing gifts to those in need. Saint Nicholas of Myra was born in the 3rd century. He became well known for his charitable nature and actions and would later become the inspiration for the jolly Santa Claus.
Saint Nicholas Day is observed annually on December 6th.
Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day History
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day seeks to honor the victims of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, an American Naval Station. The attack is often cited as the catalyst for American involvement in the Second World War, given that President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan the following day.
At 8am on December 7th, 1941, without prior warning, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked a Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, located on Oahu, Hawaii. The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighter planes. In total, 2,403 people perished, another 1,178 were injured, four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk and 188 aircrafts were destroyed. The aim of the attack was to immobilize the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which would allow Japan to advance into Malaya and Dutch East Indies. On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress passed Public Law 103-308 to designate December 7 of each year as the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception History
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the primarily Roman Catholic doctrine that the Virgin Mary was born without sin. It is held on December 8.
Most Christians think of the Immaculate Conception as the union between Mary and the Holy Spirit that produced Jesus. But in keeping with the Roman Catholic doctrine that Mary lived a life without sin, her conception was immaculate, or without sin.
Dec 9 Genocide Prevention Day History
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime seeks to raise awareness about the Genocide convention. The genocide convention is a list of articles that dictate prevention methods and punishments should a nation be on the verge of genocide. It was adopted by the UN in 1948.
International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime aims to acknowledge and honor the victims of Genocide. It is observed annually on December 9th.
Dec 10 Hanukkah History
Chanukah (Hebrew: חנוכה) is an eight day Jewish festival, also known as the festival of lights. On each day a Menorah (an eight branched candelabra) is lit with an ascending number of candles to match the day. The reason for Chanukah is based on the story of the Maccabees battle with the Greeks. It is told that one pure bottle of olive oil lasted for eight days in the Holy Temple. It should have lasted only for the first day.
Dec 11 International Mountain Day History
International Mountain Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of mountains. This day aims to conserve mountain biodiversity by advocating for sustainable mountain development practices like ecosystem restoration. Biodiversity encompasses all living organisms within an ecosystem. It is an indicator of the diversity of life within a region. Mountains serve as a hotspot for almost half the world's biodiversity. They are also home to fifteen percent of the world's population.
International Mountain Day was established in 2002 by the U.N General Assemble. It is observed annually on December 11th.
Dec 12 International Day of Neutrality History
International Day of Neutrality seeks to strengthen peace and security in appropriate regions and at a global level. This day aims to develop peaceful, friendly, and mutually beneficial relations between different countries of the world.
International Day of Neutrality was established in 2017 by the U.N General Assembly. It is observed annually on December 12th.
Dec 13 National Day Of The Horse History
National Day of the Horse seeks to promote appreciation of horses. Horses are used as a means of transportation and for activities such as horse-back riding. Before the invention of the steam locomotive in the 1800s, the most popular way to travel was by horse.
There are about 2 million people in the United States that own horses. According to Michigan State University, horses can have a mood-altering effect and improve one's state. Activities involving horses can develop critical thinking and communication.
Dec 14 Green Monday History
Green Monday aims to promote sustainability through green lifestyle choices. This day aims to promote recycling and reusing while reducing global energy consumption. Switching to a vegetarian diet can also help to conserve resources and reduce the human carbon footprint.
Green Monday is observed annually on the second Monday in December every year.
Dec 15 Bill of Rights Day History
Bill of Rights Day celebrates the signing of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendments protect rights such as freedom of speech, protest, and guarantees equal protection under the law. It was signed on December 15, 1791 and was written by James Madison.
In November 1941, President Franklin D Roosevelt declared December 15th as Bill of Rights Day.
Dec 17 Wright Brothers Day History
Wright Brothers Day celebrates Orville and Wilbur Wright who are credited with inventing the first airplane. They flew the first engine-powered, manned airplane on December 17, 1903 on the shores of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They also are given credit with advancing aviation in warfare and as a common form of transportation.
Dec 18 International Migrants Day History
International Migrants Day serves to celebrate the movement of migrants and their contribution to world development. Globalization has made travel much easier and as such the world has become more connected. International Migrants Day was appointed by the UN General Assembly in 2000. It is observed annually on December 18.
Dec 19 Super Saturday History
Super Saturday marks the end of the holiday shopping season. As the Christmas holidays approach, Super Saturday aims to provide one day of sales for those who have yet to purchase their Christmas gifts.
Super Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday before December 25. Some years, it can fall on December 24th (like in 2016).
Dec 20 International Human Solidarity Day History
International Human Solidarity Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of solidarity. This day aims to celebrate unity in diversity. It further aims to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements. It encourages them to reach for new initiatives in order to eradicate poverty.
International Human Solidarity Day was established in 2005 by the U.N General Assem
Dec 21 Winter Solstice History
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year as the Northern Hemisphere is angled the farthest away from the Sun on this day. The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere happens every year around December 21 or 22.
Dec 25 Christmas History
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. For modern Christians it also starts a 12-day Christmas season that begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. Churches celebrate Christmas with services on Christmas Eve and often midnight masses.
While the holiday is religious in origin, many cultures, even those without Christian ideologies, celebrate this holiday. This celebration often centers around Santa Claus, a mythical figure dressed in a red suit, based on Saint Nicholas. Tradition has it that on Christmas morning, Santa brings gifts for children who have been good and coal for those who have been naughty.
Dec 26 Boxing Day History
Boxing Day is a holiday that serves to remember the old practice of giving boxes on the day after Christmas. The practice of Boxing Day was first mentioned in English Member of Parliament Samuel Pepys' diary entry from December 19th 1663, when he referred to "giving something to the boy' box against Christmas". The day after Christmas was traditionally a time when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers, clients or masters. These Christmas boxes of food, money or presents served to thank the workers for the years of service. In the past, servants would be given the day off - having worked Christmas Day - to visit their families, taking with them the boxes from their masters.
Today, Boxing Day is usually associated with two things: shopping and eating Christmas dinner leftovers whilst watching TV. Stores generally offer large discounts and open very early. Boxing Day is a bank holiday in the UK and it is celebrated annually on December 26th. Some European countries, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Scandinavia celebrate the 26th of December as a Second Christmas Day but with much less shopping involved.
Dec 27 St John History
The Feast of St. John the Apostle commemorates his life. He was one Jesus' 12 disciples. He was one of the three disciples, which included Peter and James, who were included in some of the most important events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, including Jesus' crucifixion and transfiguration.
Traditionally, St John is known as the author of the Gospel of John (one of four gospels in the New Testament), John I, II, and III, and the Revelation of John. However, the authorship of the works is disputed.