Special Dates in December 2016

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3rd December – Tree Dressing Day

Tree Dressing Day was started in 1990 when a group decorated a group of London Plane trees in central London to celebrate the fun of tree dressing around the world.

Find out more: www.commonground.org.uk


5th December – International Volunteers Day

It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of the contribution they make to their communities. 

Find out more: www.volunteernow.co.uk


6th December – St Nicholas Day

Celebration of the feast day for St Nicholas. In many parts of Europe this is when children receive their Christmas gifts.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org


10th December – International Animal Rights Day

The goal of this campaign is to build on the recognition of human rights, and persuade humanity that kindness and respect is due to all sentient creatures. 

Find out more: www.uncaged.co.uk


21st December – Winter Solstice

This is the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere it is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

Find out more: www.timeanddate.com


24th December to 1st January - Hanukkah

This is a Jewish festival, lasting for eight days and celebrated around the world, celebrated with special food and songs. Every evening the family gathers together and lights another candle on the menorah, a special candlestick.

Find out more: www.funology.com


25th December – Christmas Day

Celebrated by Christians around the world to remember the day Jesus Christ was born. It is a public holiday in many countries and is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular festival.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org


26th December – 1st January - Kwanzaa

This cultural celebration mainly in the United States recognises the heritage, community and values of African-Americans. It is a secular festival that was started in 1966, and is related to African celebrations of the first harvest.

Find out more: www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org


31st December – New Year’s Eve

Also known as Old Year’s Eve in some countries, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with parties and fireworks. In England, the striking of Big Ben in London traditionally marks the start of the New Year. In Scotland it is called Hogmanay and people link arms and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org