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Winter Solstice. Yule is the longest night and the shortest day of the year, and is the time to celebrate the return of the light. Some Wiccans consider Yule to be either the year’s beginning or the end. Yule is the solar turning of the tides, and the newborn Sun offers a fresh start and, literally, a new day. It’s a time of renewal and hope.
Kwanzaa is an annual seven-day African-American and pan-African holiday celebration that takes place from December 26 to January 1. For seven days, a principle (Nguzo Saba) is reflected upon such as unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
A day of particular recognition of the role of Mary in the gospel events, celebrating her title as "Mother of God," which summarizes and affirms the conviction that Jesus is truly both God and born of a woman. Catholics celebrating Mary, Mother of God often attend Mass this day, and some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.
Commemorates the visit of the Magi (or Wise Men) to the Holy Family, and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. At the Epiphany service, chalk is often blessed and distributed for worshippers to take to their homes. The chalk is used to mark over the outside of the front door “20 + C + M + B + 20” (using the correct year).
Because the Eastern Orthodox use the Julian Calendar and the Western churches use the Gregorian Calendar, Eastern Orthodox Christmas falls on January 7 in the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Christians believe the conception and birth of Jesus is how the Son of God became a human.
Commemoration of the Guru Gobind Singh, born in 1666, who was the tenth Sikh guru.
Maghi commemorates the fight of the Chali Ukte against the Imperial army in 1705. The holidays is often celebrated by ritual bathing and eating traditional food.
New Year for Trees. The day is celebrated as an ecological awareness day, and trees are planted in celebration.
At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Sulṭán (Sovereignty) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It's a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule accommodations in order to observe.