December is already here. The last month of the year in itself has a festive atmosphere. The country begins to prepare for the New Year from late November, decorating everything with snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas trees), buying alcohol and refusing to read news about how prices will hike as the New Year approaches.
So, what important dates and holidays are waiting for us in the last month of 2018. There is still plenty of time until the New Year, and we have other dates to mark.
December 4 - The Hug Day
This, for example, is a very important holiday, often forgotten by people. There are several hugging days, and one of them is on December 4.
December International Hug Day appeared in the 70's of the ХХth century in the environment of student in Western Europe. By tradition, on this day you can hug even strangers in a friendly way. A variety of flash mobs connected to hugs is often held on this holiday.
Why is it worth hugging? There is a belief that during the hug, people exchange warmth. But it is not only that.
Even scientists tried to ground the necessity of embracing, they assure that friendly touches increase immunity, stimulate the central nervous system and increase the level of hemoglobin and oxytocin, a hormone, which conjures a favorable attitude to other people.
In the end, it is warmer this way. Did you already feel how cold it is outside? That's right.
December 6 - The Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is marked annually on December 6 - on the day of the adoption of the Law ‘On the Armed Forces of Ukraine’ in 1991. This date was set by the Verkhovna Rada resolution in 1993.
Usually, on this day, people lay flowers at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, and a liturgy is held.
As a rule, there is a solemn assembly in the army where the soldiers are given the state awards.
December 9 - The International Anti-Corruption Day
On this day, employees of various anti-corruption bodies go out into the streets, slide in frozen fountains and bother passers-by with the questions "Did you fight corruption today?"
Okay, they don’t. The International Anti-Corruption Day was launched in 2004. It was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The purpose of this date is "to deepen understanding of corruption problem and the role of Convention on the Prevention of Corruption and the fight against it."
Needless to say how very relevant this day is in current Ukrainian realities?
December 14 - Day of Chornobyl Liquidators
It is a day of honoring liquidators of the accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
The date was not chosen randomly. It was December 14, 1986, when the central mass media of the USSR published the message of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Council of Ministers that the state commission accepted for operation the complex of protective structures of the fourth power unit of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant.
The construction of protective sarcophagus over the power unit was completed two weeks prior to this, on November 30.
In Ukraine, the Liquidator's Day received official status on November 10, 2006. Such decree was signed by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko at the time.
December 18 - The International Migrants Day
The International Day of Migrants is celebrated on the proposal of the UN General Assembly since 2000.
On December 18, 1990, the UN General Assembly adopted an International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.
The UN General Assembly resolution suggested that countries mark this day by spreading information on human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants, exchanging experience and developing measures to protect them.
December 19 - St. Nicholas Day
It is practically a “professional” holiday of all children. It could as well be a symbol of childhood.
The day is devoted to Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. This saint during his life became a symbol of mercy and sacrificial love. And yes, it's about the historical figure.
He was born in the 270 CE in Pttara. His parents were believers and raised their son in the Christian spirit. Nicholas lost his parents, barely reaching the age of majority. He used his heritage to help those in need.
For example, sometimes he would bring warm clothes, toys and food to poor homes.
Interestingly, Nicholas, as it is believed, helps not only children, but also, students, traders, sailors and drivers.
And yet we see this day as the one connected to children who patiently (or not too patiently) wait to find the gifts under their pillow. True, if the child was behaving badly all year, then Nicholas can hint at the need to change the line of behavior :). By putting there a whip, for example.
December 22 - The Energy Worker Day
This is a professional holiday of energy workers and electro-technical industry of Ukraine. It is celebrated every year on December 22.
The holiday was established “... in support of the initiative of the workers of energy and electro-technical industry of Ukraine" in accordance with the decree of the President of Ukraine "On the Day of Energy" dated November 12, 1993.
December 25 - Christmas (by Gregorian calendar)
This holiday is also called the Catholic Christmas. On December 25 Christmas comes to the homes of Western rite Christians (Catholics, Protestants, etc.).
Since 2017, Catholic Christmas has officially become a state holiday in Ukraine.
Now, December 25 is the national holiday in more than 100 countries of the world.