December is a month filled with festivals and celebrations all around the world. Some are religious, some are cultural; the majority involve getting together with loved ones and making merriment! Here are the unique and symbolic December celebrations of three different cultures and religious communities.
Jewish People Celebrate Hanukkah
Hanukkah or Chanukah (or the Festival of Lights) is an eight-day celebration steeped in legend. It commemorates the uprising of the Jews against Greek-Syrian oppressors during the second century B.C. Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah is honored by lighting a menorah, feasting, playing games, and giving gifts. This year, Hanukkah runs from December 22nd to 30th; our Hanukkah signs are the perfect way to decorate your home during the festivities.
African-American Families Feast for Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa has been observed by African-Americans every year since 1966, in honor of African heritage and culture. It runs from December 26th to January 1st and is a time for gift-giving and feasting but also for reflection. The seven days of Kwanzaa represent seven core principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The traditional colors of red, black, and green can be proudly displayed in your home with one of our Happy Kwanzaa signs.
Christians Celebrate the Birth of Jesus at Christmas
Perhaps the biggest December festival of all is the traditional Christian Christmas. Celebrated annually on December 25th, it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. While many aspects of Christmas have become commercialized over the years, it's still rooted in religious symbolism and love. For most, Christmas is a time for family gatherings, feasting, and gift-giving when Santa Claus comes to town; for some, it also involves attending church services and Nativity plays. Decorating your home is a must, and our Christmas signs are perfect for spreading holiday cheer throughout the season!