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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Ministry

Holy Days

Notable Holy Days in December


Sunday, December 2

First Sunday in Advent (Christianity)

This day marks the beginning of a four-week period of preparation for Christmas.


Monday, December 3-Monday, December 10

Hanukkah (Judaism)

This “festival of lights” commemorates the victory of Judas Maccabeus in 165 BCE and, more generally, celebrates religious freedom.


Friday, December 21

Winter Solstice

Many religious traditions celebrate the “shortest day” of the year as a special occasion. For example, Shinto commemorates the day as a time of change, from the yin period of the sun (declining in strength) to the yang period (growing power). Also, Wicca marks the beginning of the New Year on this day.


Wednesday, December 26-Tuesday, January 1


This celebration, observed by many Americans of West African descent, recognizes their African heritage.

This nine-night festival honors the Mother Goddess in all her manifestations. The festival is characterized by worship and dance.




All religious and spiritual traditions have cycles of holy days and seasons. As we recognize the mosaic of spiritual and religious traditions in our local settings and our world, it is important to learn more about how each of the wisdom traditions celebrates holy days, sets aside seasons for repentance, reflection and renewal, and identifies major events to commemorate in community rituals. We invite you to use the Multifaith Calendar maintained by the Harvard Divinity School. It offers not only the specific dates of festivals and holy days, but also brief information about each event, practice or observance.

For more information, contact us at 937-512-2768 or stop by the office in 10-310 or email us: larry.lindstrom@sinclair.edu; jane.steinhauser@sinclair.edu.