The last month of the year (December) is the outstanding one. It gets the name from the word ‘decem’, which means ‘ten’. In the Roman Calender, the December was the tenth, the period of January and February was later added to the calendar by the Kind Numa Pompilius around 713 B.C. Due to that it became the 12th month from 10, but still they kept the name.
The Roman calendar was based on a 304 day year based on the approximate lunar month 29 1/2 days. But in the Gregorian calendar the December is the last month of the year and the first month of the winter. Every year the winter starts around December 21 or 22 in the Northern hemisphere and has shortest daylight hours.
In the Southern Hemisphere it starts at June 20 or 21 and has longest daylight hours, which means the December in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Southern Hemisphere and Vice Versa. In the United States, it is the Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and Stress Free Family Holiday Month. It is also a National Political Correctness Awareness Month.
The other interesting thing about December is it starts on the same day of the week as September and ends on the same day of the week as April. We all know that December has 2 important celebrations Christmas Celebration and New Year Evening Celebration. Apart from that, here is the few more interesting facts about the month of December.
Interesting Facts About The Month Of December
1. International Hug Day:
A hug is a wonderful gift to share, a way to show each other that we care, there is so much a hug is able to do when you feel your dear ones arms holding you.
A hug also makes us to feel safe and warm, gives more comfort when we are sad. It is a great way to express our feelings while greeting someone or leaving our dear one. You can give a hug to anyone at anytime, but it was celebrated as a function on December 4. It is an International Hug Day, so don’t forget to give a tight hug to your lovable ones on this day. If they are far from you just send an ecard or hugging poems to them to celebrate this day.
2. Monkey Day:
A day for monkeying about, the Monkey Day is celebrated across the world by acting like monkeys, but has a more serious undertone about raising the awareness of the theory of evolution, animal rights and medical research.
The Monkey Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated internationally on December 14. It was first started in the year 2000 when artist Casey Sorrow, then an art student at Michigan State University, jokingly scribbled Monkey Day on a friend’s calendar and then first celebrated the holiday with other Michigan State University.
But it gains popularity only when Eric Millikin (the art student of Michigan State University) includes the Monkey Day in their artwork and Fetus-X comic strips, and start to promoting it in online along with other co-artists.
Since then, the Monkey Day was celebrated internationally across various countries like Canada, Germany, U.S and U.K.
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3. Forefather’s Day:
It is a well-known holiday celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts on December 22. It was first celebrated in the year 1769. A group of descendants gathered to have a feast in honor of the pilgrims. This group shared a meal together, which included many Native American delicacies.
This holiday is celebrated largely in New England. On this day, people celebrate the anniversary of the pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts. If you are not from New England, chances are you this is the first time you have heard of Forefather’s Day.
4. Human Light, Humanist holiday:
The HumanLight is a secular holiday, on December 23rd, celebrated around the world since 2001. It was created by leaders of the New Jersey Humanist Network in the period of 2000-2001.
Celebrating human light can be an occasion for many who are non-religious, freethinkers, atheist and humanists to create their own meaningful traditions and help to express the positive human hopes, values and ideals that we share.
5. Human Rights Day:
The Human Rights Day was celebrated annually across the world on 10 December. The date was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1948, to bring the attention of the people of the world the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all people in the nation.
6. World Aids Day:
It is not a celebration but at the first day of December, we took an opportunity to create an awareness against the pandemic disease caused by HIV virus. The Health Officials and Government observe the day with speeches or forums on the topic related to AIDS. The ultimate aim of this is; to create awareness among the people, since it is an incurable disease.
Few More Additional Interesting Factors About December:
- The Nobel Prizes are awarded on December month only.
- December 3- International day of disabled person.
- December 27- National Chocolate Day.
- December 29-Bowling Ball was invented.
- December 3, 1967 the first heart transplant was completed.
- December 17, 1903 the Wright Brothers made their first flight.
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