13 Underappreciated (but Awesome) December Holidays
Some holidays get overshadowed in December. Everyone is preoccupied with the "big" December holidays (such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Years Eve), that sometimes the "little" holidays are forgotten.
Let's bring awareness to these lesser known, but still awesome December holidays! Share to spread the word!
The 13 Awesome December Holidays You May Not Know Existed
Thirteen Under-Appreciated December Holidays You May Not Know Existed (Transcript)
This month, many people around the world will celebrate well-known holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa (which is by no means an exhaustive list). But did you know there are other December holidays that also deserve our attention?
MyUS, the leading global shipping and package consolidation company, provides a look at some less-known, but still noteworthy dates:
Antarctica Day: December 1
On this day in 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed, which set aside nearly 10% of the Earth for the purpose of peace.
Mutt Day: December 2
Celebrate your favorite mixed-breed canine friend today with a big hug and a long walk!
World Soil Day: December 4
Take a day to learn more about how properly managing global soil resources is essential meet our needs for food, water and energy security.
Chester Greenwood Day: December 5
Take a moment today to honor the inventor of the earmuffs, who went on to patent over 100 other inventions.
Nobel Prize Day: December 10
Today, this honor is awarded to outstanding individuals who benefit mankind in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace.
International Mountain Day: December 11
Celebrate today with a climb and learn more about why mountains are a very important part of the world's habitat.
World Choral Day: December 13
This international event is about solidarity and understanding, with singers across the global participating in concerts and sing-alongs.
World Monkey Day: December 14
This celebration of all non-human primates was created to raise awareness of the threats they face, from habitat loss to poaching.
World Arabic Language Day: December 18
Established in 2010, this day celebrates speaking, writing and singing in the Arabic language to promote cultural diversity.
Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes): December 23
Oaxaca, Mexico hosts the world's most impressive display of carved vegetables, with exhibits that depict the Nativity scene and events from Mexican folklore.
Eggnog Day: December 24
With roots tracing back to 14th century England, this sweet creamy beverage (with a kick) is a favorite of many. Cheers!
Junkanoo: December 26
This holiday originated as a way for slaves in the Bahamas to celebrate their origins, and includes all-night parades, with singing, dancing and elaborate costumes.
Unlucky Day: December 31
People around the world have found ways to counter this ominous day by eating so-called "lucky food":
- Austria & Cuba: Suckling pig
- Sicily: Lasagna (but no other pasta)
- Japan: Soba noodles
- Brazil & Italy: Lentils
- Spain, Portugal & Peru: Grapes
- Poland & Germany: Carp
- Sweden & Norway: Rice pudding
- USA: Black-eyed peas or herring
Whatever holidays you choose to celebrate, we wish you a Happy Holidays!