Ho ho ho!

Christmas 2018 Santa-01Do you hear the bells ringing? Yes, Christmas is around the corner! It is a celebration to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, a central figure in Christianity, and is commonly celebrated on 25 December by majority of Christians, as well as, culturally, by non-Christians. Christmas day is also a public holiday in many countries. Continue reading

Night of the Radishes

Night of Radishes 2018 Basinet-01Noche de Los Rábanos or The Night of the Radishes will be held on 23 December in Oaxaca, Mexico. It is an annual event dedicated to the carving of oversized radishes to create scenes that compete for prizes in various categories. The city of Oaxaca has a long wood carving tradition and farmers began carving radishes into figures as a way to attract customers’ attention at the Christmas market, which was held in the main square on December 23. Continue reading

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 2018 Man-01If you have read Adorageek’s post on Equinox, then you know that our Earth actually rotates on a tilted axis. Winter solstice, or often called hibernal solstice or midwinter, occurs when Earth’s rotational axis, or its geographical Northern pole, is most greatly inclined away from Sun. On the winter solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt away from the Sun is 23.44°. This happens twice each year (once in the Northern hemisphere and once in the Southern hemisphere). Continue reading

Hero of December: Mary Somerville

Our woman hero of December is Mary Somerville! She was a Scottish science writer and polymath. She studied mathematics and astronomy, and was nominated to be jointly the first female member of the Royal Astronomical Society at the same time as Caroline Herschel. When Mary died in 1872, The Morning Post declared in her obituary that she is the queen of science. Continue reading

Whirling Dervishes Festival

Whirling Dervish 2018 Dervish 1-01The Whirling Dervishes Festival is held on 7-17 December 2018 at Konya, Turkey. The festival is held annually to commemorate the death anniversary of the Sufi saint Mevlana, or Rumi as he was known. Rumi believed that communication with God was possible through dance, and so the dance of the whirling dervishes was born with their swirling white flowing robes and black cloaks and conical headgear. In 2008, UNESCO confirmed the “Mevlevi Sama Ceremony” or the whirling dervishes ceremony of Turkey as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
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Krampusnacht

Krampusnacht 2018 Krampus-01Are you being a bad person this year? If yes, you better watch out, because the night of 5 December is Krampusnacht, or Krampus Night, where Krampus will come to punish you and drag you to the underworld! Continue reading

Chichibu Yomatsuri

Chichibu Yomatsuri 2018 Shrine-01Chichibu Yomatsuri or Chichibu Night Festival is held on 2-3 December at the Chichibu Shrine at Chichibu, Japan. It is considered as one of Japan’s top three festivals that feature floats, the others being Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri and the Takayama Matsuri. From the three festivals, Chichibu Yomatsuri is the only one that is held in winter. In 2016, Chichibu Yomatsuri has been registered as a world cultural heritage event. Continue reading