By December 01, 2021 Community
Welcome to December!
As a socially-responsible financial institution, we want to do more than simply provide robust financial services—we also want to make a positive difference in our communities.
One way we can do this is by helping elevate topics that are important to a variety of communities. So each month, we will provide a monthly overview of celebrations and observances that are culturally or socially significant to Verity’s diverse communities.
Below is a list of celebrations and observances throughout December, as well as links to government or nonprofit websites that help provide more education on each topic.
Month-long Observances & Celebrations
- Universal Human Rights Month: Expanding from the Human Rights Day on December 10th, we can take the entire month to think about what human rights are and should be both in our neighborhoods and cities and world-wide. Check out the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims inalienable rights that everyone is entited to as a human being.
Daily Observances & Celebrations
- Wednesday, December 1st - World AIDS Day: A day to acknowledge and bring awareness to the global HIV epidemic and speak out against HIV stigma. Visit HIV.gov to learn more.
- Friday, December 3rd - International Day for People with Disabilities: A day recognized by the UN as a day to work toward disability inclusivity around the world. Visit the UN page for more information, and see Jessica's post from this summer about Ableism.
- Friday, December 10th - International Human Rights Day: This year's theme is Equality, per the UN, as they strive to live up to their statment that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Visit the UN page for more information.
- Tuesday, December 21st - Winter Solstice: The shortest day of the year, marking the first day of winter. Humans have been celebrating the Winter Solstice since the neolithic era, with many cultures having historical festivals and celebrations. Start learning more at wikipedia, then continue on your learning journey from there.
- Saturday, December 25th - Christmas: A day of celebration in Christian regions and populations centering around the birth of Jesus, it has grown to encapsulate so much more of the holiday season. Learn more on wikipedia.
- Sunday, December 26th - Kwanzaa Begins: First celebrated in 1966, Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture, running from December 26th - January 1st. Learn more about the founder Dr. Maulana Karenga here and on wikipedia.
We acknowledge that we may not have listed every celebration and observance that is important to you and your community. If you have a suggestion for inclusion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.