Religious Events December 2009Celebrated by Roman Catholics whoremember Marys conception as beingwithout sin, therefore, immaculate.Tuesday 8 DecemberChristian – Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionBuddhist – Bodhi DayOn Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautamasattainment of enlightenment under theBodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.
Religious Events December 2009Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and marks therestoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164BCE. Hanukkah is celebrated at roughly the sametime as Christmas, but there is no connection at allbetween the festivals.Saturday 12 DecemberJewish – Hannukah
Religious Events December 2009Saint Lucys Day or the Feast of St. Lucy ismarked by Catholics and OrthodoxChristians and also celebrated bymembers of the Lutheran Church.Sunday 13 DecemberChristian – St Lucy’s Day
Religious Events December 2009An important Jewish fast day.Thursday 17 DecemberJewish – 10thTevet
Religious Events December 2009Islamic New Year. Marks themigration of the Prophet Mohammadand his followers from Mecca toMedinaFriday 18 DecemberMuslim – Al-Hijira
Religious Events December 2009Yule is the time of the winter solstice, when thesun child is reborn, an image of the return of allnew life born through the love of the Gods. Withinthe Northern Tradition Yule is regarded as the NewYear.Monday 21 DecemberPagan – Winter Solstice - Yule
Religious Events December 2009The day before Christmas DayThursday 24 DecemberChristian – Christmas Eve
Religious Events December 2009The day when Western Christianscelebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.Friday 25 DecemberChristian – Christmas Day
Religious Events December 2009The day after Christmas Day.A secular festival.Saturday 26 DecemberSecular – Boxing DayChristian – St Stephen’s DaySt Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is celebratedon this day by Roman Catholics.The day is also called theFeast of Stephen.
Religious Events December 2009Islamic holy day observed on the 10th of theIslamic month of Muharram. Shiite Muslims regardit as a major festival marking the martydom of theProphets grandson, Hussein..Sunday 27 DecemberMuslim – Ashura