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1st World Aids Day
World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key
opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate
victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
2nd Advent Sunday (Christian)
The beginning of the ecclesiastical year on the Sunday closest to November 30, Advent is
the season before Christmas. It includes four Sundays beginning on the fourth Sunday
before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas
Eve (Dec 24). The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." The focus of the entire season
is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of
the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.
8th Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Some Buddhists celebrate the attainment of enlightenment by the Buddha, Shakyamuni or
Siddhartha Gautama under the Bodhi tree.
8th Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)
The feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December, was established in
1476 by Pope Sixtus IV.
Almost exclusively a Roman Catholic and Anglo-Catholic feast it celebrates the belief that
Mary, the mother of Jesus, was completely free from sin.
3rd International Day of Disabled Persons
The Day aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the
rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with
disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their
communities.
The goal of full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society and
development was established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled
Persons, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1982.
9th Hanukkah (Jewish)
Hanukkah or Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of Lights.
It marks the restoration and 'rededication' of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE. In
Hebrew, Hanukkah means 'dedication'.
10th International Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day recognizes the work of human rights defenders worldwide who act to end
discrimination.
Acting alone or in groups within their communities, every day human rights defenders work
to end discrimination by campaigning for equitable and effective laws, reporting and
investigating human rights violations and supporting victims.
While some human rights defenders are internationally renowned, many remain anonymous
and undertake their work often at great personal risk to themselves and their families.
18th International Migrants Day
International Migrants Day is an international day observed on December 18 as International
Migrants Day appointed by the General Assembly of United Nations on December 4, 2000
taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants in the world.
24th Christmas Eve (Christian)
Day prior to Christmas. Christmas is the Christian holy day marking the birth of Jesus.
25th Christmas Day (Christian)
Widely celebrated well beyond the Christian community as an enjoyable mid-winter holiday
this is, for Christians, one of the most holy days of the year where the birth of Christ is
celebrated in worship and song.
26th St Stephen’s Day (Christian)
St Stephen, the first Christian martyr is celebrated by Christians on this day. Generally
known as Boxing Day it is a bank holiday in Britain. It was the day when the poor boxes were
opened in churches and their contents shared among the needy.

				
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