The holiday season is here! While most take this to mean Christmas, December is actually filled with several different holidays and celebrations across many cultures. During this time of year, there’s much talk of trees, lights, Santa and gifts, and while it’s important to celebrate the customs and traditions that make the holidays special to us individually, it’s equally important to provide space to honor and recognize the traditions that are different from our own. Here are a few of the other more celebrations that are held within our community that also take place in the month of December.
Monday, November 29–December 6
Also known as the Festival of Lights, this Jewish holiday celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt.
Wednesday, December 8
Observed by many Buddhists, this day commemorates Buddha’s enlightenment.
Tuesday, December 21–Saturday, January 1
This holiday celebrates the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of winter.
Sunday, December 26–Saturday, January 1
Traditionally celebrated by African Americans and people of African descent, this holiday is centered around seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
It’s also important to note, the date for Eid-al-Fitr (which marks the end of Ramadan) shifts each year and is sometimes celebrated in December. In 2033, it is predicted that Eid and Christmas will be on the same day.
Christmas in Other Cultures
There are many different ways people celebrate Christmas. Here are a couple of Christmas-related celebrations observed by two of Bolingbrook’s largest ethnic groups.
Thursday, December 16–Friday December 24
While traditions will vary by country and region, this nine-day Mexican and Latin American celebration commemorates Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn.
Thursday, December 16–Friday, December 24
Observed by Filipino Catholics, this celebration honors Mary and is a nine-day spiritual preparation of the birth of Jesus. Like Las Posadas, traditions also vary by country and region.
Holiday Events at Fountaindale
Join us this month for a variety of events for children and families that celebrate different holidays and cultures.
Wednesday, December 22, 10 a.m.
A holiday tradition almost as old as a tree or stockings is Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet. Join us in celebrating his classical soundtrack while creating our own dances to his musical score! Registration required.
Thursday, December 23, 6:30 p.m.
Experience Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved classic book in this special all-ages storytime! Registration required.
Kwanzaa Craft Kit
Sunday, December 26
Make a banner to decorate your house for Kwanzaa, while supplies last.
Our staff has put together a great selection of holiday books across many cultures to enjoy during this time of year. Be sure to check them out today!