Do you look forward to December all year? Most people refer to the “holidays coming up” and instantly think of December. With our December 2020 diversity calendar, you’ll discover some of the colorful events to celebrate in December.
Below is a sampling of this month’s diversity events. To enjoy over 100+ inclusion events and observances, discover our Diversity Calendar suite
December 1: World AIDS Day
December diversity events include World AIDS Day, which aims to raise both awareness and money to help fight HIV. It began in 1988 to encourage political leaders to keep their commitment to achieving universal access to HIV/AIDs prevention, treatment, care, and support by the year 2010. As of 2012, the multi-year theme for this day of observance is “Getting to Zero,” with a new goal to get new HIV infections to zero. Build inclusion of LGBTQ+ and other diversity groups with online diversity training.
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December 10-18: Hanukkah
December diversity month includes Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish festival. It commemorates the Jewish victory over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E., which restored Jewish independence. The festival is observed for eight nights and days and may begin at any time in late November to late December. Typically, a menorah is used during this celebration to note the days. Build respect for religious diversity with diversity training in the workplace.
December 12: Birthday of Frank Sinatra
Our December diversity days include a Happy Birthday to Frank Sinatra! Sinatra lived from 1915 to 1998, and is widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide during a career lasting half a century.
December 12: Fiesta de Guadalupe Feast
This December multicultural holiday honors Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint. Each December 12th, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated as an important holiday in Mexico. It commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary (mother of God) to a Mexican peasant named Juan Diego in 1531.
December 21: Yule
December diversity topics include Yule, a Pagan holiday celebrating the Winter Solstice. One of the oldest winter celebrations in the world, it begins at sundown and ends on January 1st. The holiday itself revolves around thanking the gods and goddesses for your blessings, as well as the change of seasons.
December 25: Christmas
December diversity celebrations include Christmas. Celebrated on the 25th every December, this Christian holiday marks the birth of the savior Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The name Christmas comes from the Mass of Christ, a service where Christians remember that Jesus died for their sins and was resurrected.
Christmas is considered a day of joy where Jesus was born a baby in the humble setting of a manger. It’s often celebrated with gifts because of the three wise men that presented Jesus with gifts (gold, frankincense, and myrrh) after his birth.
December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa
Our December multicultural calendar concludes with Kwanzaa. It’s an annual celebration of Africa-American culture and a tribute to African festivals of harvest. The holiday was created after the Watts Riots in 1966. Its goal was to give Black people an alternative holiday to celebrate themselves and their culture. It celebrates seven different principles of African Heritage, and families will decorate their households with art, eat fresh fruits, and wear cultural pieces.
Thus concludes our December 2020 diversity calendar. December is widely known as a month of celebration. By understanding the holiday celebrate by others, you’ll create a world of awareness and inclusion. And get a head start on 2021, with our 2021 Diversity Calendar