What are the Types of December Global Holidays?

December is unquestionably the most festive month of the year. The month is marked by all manner of events and celebrations around the world, including ethical, cultural, and even corporate events.

What are the types of December global holidays

In many countries, December is the time for giving and spending as a general rule. In Japan, people give "omiyage" or souvenirs to their colleagues and acquaintances after visiting a shrine or undergoing a change of season. 

In China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, extended shopping hours are scheduled on December 24th and 25th at the end of the Christmas shopping season. A lot of companies offer extended-hour shopping on these two days to help cope with heavy consumer demand for electronics and other gifts; some stores also offer free wrapping services to customers who are late in buying their gifts.

Types of December global holidays

There are two types of December global holidays which you can easily understand our point of view.

Religious December Holidays

December is the busiest month for the majority of religions. It is marked by celebrations that are either holy to them or are just an important part of their culture, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al-Adha, Kwanzaa, and Yalda.

Eid al-Adha is another important festival in December, celebrated by Muslims around the world to commemorate Ibrahim's willingness to follow God's command to sacrifice his son Ishmael, with whom he had struggled throughout his life to conceive. 

Note - It is not sure to confirm in December because the date is always changed with the previous year so it is an only a religious holiday, not December.

Christmas is one of the most popular celebrations of December. It is celebrated by Christians as the day that Jesus Christ was born and is marked by a number of traditions such as exchanging gifts and decorating Christmas trees.

Hanukkah is another major celebration in December, though it is not widely known outside certain Jewish communities. The festival celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt against Seleucid rule.

Santa Lucia, meanwhile, is a Scandinavian celebration that honors the first Christian martyr, St. Lucy. The holiday celebrates family and togetherness rather than any particular religious event.

Cultural December Holidays

December is a busy month for cultural celebrations, especially in regions where it snows during the winter months. Celebrations often revolve around Christmas and New Year's Eve throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, but also include many local or regional cultures that have held on to their own traditions.

Amongst the most popular cultural December holidays, aside from winter holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve, is the celebration of Yalda. Yalda is a pre-Christian Iranian festival that marks the longest night of the year and honors Vohu Manah (one of the Amesha Spentas).

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an annual international awareness day that takes place on December 1. It was first observed in 1988 and has been recognized every year since.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated around the world on December 26th. Boxing Day is traditionally the day after Christmas, but it has also seen recent adoption as an online shopping holiday.

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve is the evening of 31 December annually. It is an occasion for celebration which traditionally includes eating special foods, drinking alcohol, and watching fireworks. Celebrations in communities around the world are often regulated by agreements that include resolutions for self-improvement.


Yule is a pagan winter festival that was celebrated on December 21st by European pagans. The celebration occurs on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The word Yule comes from Norse and means "wheel."

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