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Saint Nicholas Day, Catholic Christmas, New Year: Holidays and significant dates in December

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Many important holidays and memorable dates await us as usual in the first month of winter
11:00, 30 November 2021

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November is slowly coming to an end. The first month of winter and the last month of the current year - December, are being prepared to "replace him in office".

What holidays and memorable dates await us this month? How many days off will there be in December? Let us have a closer look.

Let's start with the last point.

Weekends in December 2021

Ukrainians will have nine days off in December. Monday, December 27 will be added to the usual weekends on Saturday and Sunday (there will be eight of them this month). On December 25, Ukraine will celebrate Catholic Christmas, which has recently become a public holiday. Considering that it falls on Saturday, Monday, the 27th becomes a day off.

Thus, in December, the weekend falls on the following dates: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27.

Now about the dates.

Key dates of December

World AIDS Day, December 1

International UN Day, which was first proclaimed by WHO in 1988. It was established with the aim of raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, as well as a day of remembrance for the victims of this disease.

On this day, many governments, public and medical organizations around the world conduct educational and diagnostic events.

International Day of Disabled Persons, December 3

It was established by the UN General Assembly in 1992. The General Assembly called on all states and international organizations to cooperate in celebrating this day.

At the same session, the General Assembly called on the UN member states to hold events on this day in order to integrate people with disabilities into society.

Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, December 6

It is a holiday for all servicemen of the Ukrainian army. It appeared on the official calendar in 1993. The date is timed to the day of the adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On the Armed Forces of Ukraine" on December 6, 1991.

Day of Liquidator of Accident at Chornobyl nuclear power plant, December 14

The day of honoring the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant is a memorable date that is celebrated annually on December 14. The second name of the holiday is "Liquidator's Day". It is not a day off.

This memorable date was established by the decree of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko on November 10, 2006.

The decree, in particular, said: "Establish in Ukraine the Day of honoring the participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, which is celebrated annually on December 14, the day the construction of the sarcophagus over the destroyed fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is completed."

Saint Nicholas Day, December 19

It is a holiday for Catholics and Orthodox. Especially for children, because, according to tradition, this night children receive gifts that Saint Nicholas himself put under their pillows.

It is believed that Saint Nicholas is the heavenly patron of warriors, drivers and travelers. He helps the poor, as well as children and students in their studies, favors merchants and archers.

By the way, in memory of the mercy of St. Nicholas they also celebrate the International Day of Aid to the Poor on this day.

Catholic Christmas, December 25

The feast of the Nativity of Christ is celebrated on December 25 by Christians of the Western rite. Recently, in Ukraine, as well as in more than 100 countries of the world, this day is a public holiday.

This is one of the most important Christian holidays, established in honor of the birth in the flesh of Jesus Christ from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

New Year, December 31

Traditionally, both December and the whole of 2021 will end with the New Year celebration on December 31. Usually on this day there are large-scale festivities, trips to the New Year tree, etc. Let's see how it goes this year, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Orthodox calendar for December 2021

In addition to the mentioned Day of St. Nicholas and Christmas, let us recall one more date.

Presentation of Mary, December 4

It is a Christian holiday based on the apocrypha that the parents of the Most Holy Theotokos, fulfilling their vow to dedicate their child to God, at the age of three, brought the Most Holy Virgin Mary to the Jerusalem Temple.

The Blessed Virgin Mary lived at the church until she was 12 years old - until her betrothal to Saint Joseph.

A few more dates worth paying attention to

December 1 – Day of Prosecutors.

December 7 – International Civil Aviation Day.

December 12 – Day of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

December 19 – Day of Advocacy.

December 22 – Power Engineer's Day.

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