St. Nicholas Day, Catholic Christmas and New Year: Holidays of December

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In the first month of winter, as usual, we have many important holidays and memorable dates
18:08, 30 November 2020

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November is slowly coming to an end. The first month of winter and the last month of this year - December is preparing to “replace it in office.”

What holidays and significant dates await us this month? How many days off will there be in December? Let's find out.

Ukrainians will have 9 days off in December. Friday, December 25 will be added to the usual weekend on Saturday and Sunday (there will be 8 of them this month). On this day, Ukraine will celebrate Catholic Christmas, which has recently become a national holiday.

So, the days off in December 2020 will be on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th.


Key dates of December

World AIDS Day, December 1

World AIDS Day was designated on December 1, 1988. It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

On this day, many governmental, public and medical organizations around the world hold educational and diagnostic activities.

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 holding this day.

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

Day of Armed Forces of Ukraine, December 6

The holiday of all the military servicemen of the Ukrainian Army. It appeared in the official calendar in 1993. the date is timed to the adoption of the Law of Ukraine On ARmed Forces of Ukraine from December 6, 1991.

Day of Chornobyl Disaster Liquidator, December 14

Day of Honoring the Participants of the Liquidation of the Consequences of the Chornobyl Disaster is a memorable date which is marked annually on December 14. Another name is Liquidator’s Day. It is a working day.

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

The decree, in particular, reads: “To establish in Ukraine the ay of Honoring the Participants of the Liquidation of the Consequences of the Chornobyl Disaster, which will be marked annually on December 14, the day of completion of the sarcophagus over the destroyed fourth unit of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.”

St. Nicholas Day, December 19

It is a holiday for Catholics and Orthodox believers. Especially for children, because, according to tradition, this night children receive gifts that St. Nicholas puts in a stocking or under the pillow.

It is believed that St. Nicholas is the heavenly protector of soldiers, drivers and travelers. He helps the poor, children and students in education, helps traders and archers.

By the way, in memory of the mercy of St. Nicholas, it is also the International day of helping the poor.

Catholic Christmas, December 25

Christians of the Western rite celebrate the holiday of the Nativity of Christ on December 25. Recently in Ukraine, as in more than 100 countries around the world, this day is a day off at the state level.

It is one of the greatest Christian holidays, which is established in honor of the birth in the flesh of Jesus Christ.

New Year, December 31

Traditionally, December will end, as well as the year 2020, with the celebration of the New Year on December 31. Usually on this day there are large-scale festivities, trips to the Christmas tree, etc., but in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, most likely, this year Ukrainians will have to do without mass celebrations.


Orthodox calendar for December 2020

In addition to the above-mentioned St. Nicholas Day and Christmas, we will remind you of another date.

Presentation of Mary, December 4

A Christian holiday based on the Apocrypha saying that the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, fulfilling the vow to dedicate their child to God when the Blessed Virgin Mary was three years old, brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Blessed Virgin Mary lived at the church until the age of 12 - before her engagement to St. Joseph.


Another few dates to pay attention to:

December 1 – Prosecutors Day.

December 7 –  International Civil Aviation Day.

December 12 – Day of the Land Forces of Ukraine.

December 19 –  Advocacy Day.

December 22 –  Energy Worker Day.

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