December is a month full of holidays and celebrations around the world. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism are just a few of the religions celebrating this month.
On December 8, Buddhists will celebrate Bodhi Day,
the day in which Siddhartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment. This one defining moment would become the central foundation upon which Buddhism has been built upon for the last 2,500 years. It is a day on which followers can renew their dedication to Buddhism; reaffirm themselves to enlightenment, compassion, and kindness to other living creatures.
12, Catholics, especially those of Hispanic descent, celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The story of Guadalupe recounts a 16th-century apparition of Mary to Juan Diego, a poor Indian, on a hillside near what is now Mexico City.
Yule or winter solstice, the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere, is celebrated on
December 22. Juul, a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia, featured fires lit to symbolize the heat, light and life-giving properties of the returning sun. Wiccans and other pagan groups celebrate Yule.
December is a month that encompasses the Christian and Jewish celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah, as well as spiritually significant days for Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans and Zoroastrians too.
Let us welcome others into our lives and into our homes. AFCI embraces diversity in its many forms in order to achieve unity and peace and to promote the common good.