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December's Observations and Celebrations

By VerityCU December 2, 2022

Happy December! As we transition into the next month of 2022 we would like to acknowledge the celebrations and observances. 

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 entitled to as a human being. 

Daily Observances & Celebrations

  • Thursday, December 1st - World AIDS Day: A day to acknowledge and bring awareness to the global HIV epidemic and speak out against HIV stigma. Visit to learn more. 
  • Saturday, 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.
  • Saturday, 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
  • Sunday, December 18th - Hanukkah begins:  Beginning at sundown, this is the first night of eight of the Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army. Learn more here
  • Wednesday, 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. 
  • Sunday, 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. 
  • Monday, 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