The last month of the year beckons. There is a nip in the air and its time again to take out the woolens from your cupboard. It is Winter and a time for homecoming, vacation, travel and festivities galore. For it is December, the most promising month in our social calendar.
It is the time when folks are busy closing another year of hard work and labour. You are looking forward to gathering with your family around your hearth and home and the promises offered by the coming New Year. Some of your neighbours plan their holidays together and scatter over the different nature spots around. There are also festivals coming up for various communities and some which you are sure to participate in.
The four biggest festivals for this month are:
1.Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, starts from December 2nd. It will continue for 8 days ending on the 10th. It is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC. The festivities include the lighting of the menorah (seven lamps),
singing, games (dreidel), and traditional meals with near relations.
2.Christmas is the most well-known festival the world over commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. The activities include celebrating with light displays, Christmas trees, ice skating, carolling, Santa visits, present-giving (on Christmas Eve, i.e. the night before) and church-going and other festivities. In some areas, the whole neighbourhood seems to come out into the streets amidst merry making and showering in of best wishes. You also must already be planning to invite friends and relatives over to you place for the gala dinner you arranged at your place on Christmas.
3.Kwanzaa is celebrated across the USA and in different other countries in memorial of the African Diaspora in the Americas and keeps going seven days. The festival respects African legacy in African-American culture and is seen from December 26 to January 1. It honours African and African-American culture and heritage. It has seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Similar to other holidays, Kwanzaa culminates in a large feast and exchange of gifts. Bake some chocolate cookies or a Black Forest Gateau for your guests which would be the special attraction of the menu.
4.New Year’s Eve is an international festival held on December 31st. Before it is midnight, people engage in firework displays, champagne toasts, and countdown parties. The year past is reminiscence and fresh resolutions are made for the New Year to come. And as the midnight clock strikes 12, ushering in the New Year, the whole gathering rushes to hug their near ones and strangers to offer them their best wishes for the ensuing year. Arrange a fabulous dinner party for your near and dear ones and let the dishes become special with your personal touch. Pack your New Year’s gifts in different sized boxes with colored paper and decorate them with fancy items. If you are a foodie then what would be a better gift other than kits for baking like baking sheets and baking mats for your dear ones? Choose a garden apron for a gardener who loves to nurture the plants to witness the blooming of flowers.
Feel free to share your experience in the comment box below. Home And Kitchen Group wishes you all an eventful December.