Events

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

1st December

An opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day

5th December

An opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions.

World Swimming Championships

World Swimming Championships

6th December to 11th December

The World Swimming Championships promotes aquatic sports, with competitors from around the world. The 2016 competition will be held in Windsor, Canada,

St Nicholas Day

St Nicholas Day

6th December

Children in many European countries celebrate St Nicholas Day on the 6th of December with gifts and local traditions.

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day

8th December

On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.

International Mountain Day

11th December

International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life.

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

12th December

Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrates the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth. Some Muslims mark it with fasting or prayers.

Monkey Day

Monkey Day

14th December

Monkey Day is an annual celebration of all things simian.

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

16th December

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day is the perfect way for your school to have some end-of-term festive fun while raising money to help save children's lives.

 

Ludwig Van Beethoven's Birthday

Ludwig Van Beethoven's Birthday

16th December

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. His hearing began to deteriorate in his late twenties, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

21st December

The Winter Solstice is also known as the shortest day, because it has the shortest hours of daylight in the year.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

24th December

Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the widely celebrated annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

24th December to 1st January

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It dates back to two centuries before the beginning of Christianity.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

25th December

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th every year. They celebrate the 'Mass' (church service) for Christ… which is why they call it Christmas.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

26th December

Also known as St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day is a Bank Holiday in many countries across the world.

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

31st December

The last day of the year. In the UK it is usually marked by parties, fireworks and singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.