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INTERCULTURAL CALENDAR | Festivals and dates

Festivals and dates

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December 2016

Thu.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
A day to honor the belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free from all sin and full of God’s grace.
Thu.
Bodhi Day
A day that celebrates the enlightenment of the historical Buddha under a Pipal Tree.
Sat. 10 
Human Rights Day
On December 10th, 1950 the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Human Rights Day. On that day the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ is brought to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Sat. 10 
Gita Jayanti
This day commemorates Lord Krishna’s philosophical teachings known as the Bhagavad Gita.
Tue. 13 
Id-e-Milad *
Milad un-Nabi or Id-e-Milad is the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. Sometimes, greeting cards are sent to family and friends. Get togethers are also organized to listen to the stories from Muhammad’s life.
* Floating (1-2 days) depending on the sighting of the moon.
Sat. 17 
National Day of Bhutan
The date marks the coronation of Ugyen Wangchuck as the first monarch of modern Bhutan.
Wed. 21 
Independence Day of Nepal
In 1923 the United Kingdom and Nepal formally signed an agreement of friendship, in which Nepal's independence was recognized by the UK.
Sun. 25 
Hanukkah * (from 25 December 2016 to 1 January 2017)
The Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah, is also known as Chanukah. It commemorates the struggle for religious freedom. Gifts are exchanged on this day.
* Jewish holidays always begin the day before at nightfall.
Sun. 25 
Christmas Day (December 25: Gregorian calendar; January 7: Julian calendar)
Christmas is the festival of joy, honoring the birth of Jesus. It is usually celebrated with attendance at mid-night mass in churches. An illuminated star of Bethlehem hangs outside most Christian homes.
Tue. 27 
Sabarimala Mandala Pooja
This is the most important day of worship at the Ayyappa temple (Kerala, India) and represents the last day of the 41 day fast by devotees.