The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in December 2014. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|World AIDS Day (1st)
An opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.
|International Volunteer Day (5th)
An opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions.
|St Nicholas Day (6th)
Children in many European countries celebrate St Nicholas Day on the 6th of December with gifts and local traditions.
|Bodhi Day (8th)
On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.
|International Mountain Day (11th)
International Mountain Day is an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life.
|Christmas Jumper Day (14th)
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.
|Monkey Day (14th)
Monkey Day is an annual celebration of all things simian.
|Ludwig Van Beethoven's Birthday (16th)
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.
|Hanukkah (16th to 24th)
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It dates back to two centuries before the beginning of Christianity.
|Winter Solstice (21st)
The Winter Solstice is also known as the shortest day, because it has the shortest hours of daylight in the year.
|Christmas Eve (24th)
Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the widely celebrated annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
|Christmas Day (25th)
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.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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