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December (About this sound Listen ) is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.

December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

December starts on the same day of the week as September.

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Travel guide

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This is a calendar of events and festivals in the month of December.

  • 25th: Christmas Day - one of the biggest Christian holidays of the year. Although it has lost its religious significance for many, Christmas is still observed as a public holiday in most Western and Eastern countries, traditionally a day for families and friends to get together and exchange presents
  • 26th: Boxing Day, a public holiday in many Commonwealth countries.
  • 26th: The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race [1] begins at 1pm
  • 31st: New Year's Eve

Austria

  • Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) [2] in Vienna

Namibia

  • 10th: Human rights day

South Africa

  • Early December: Obz festival, [3] in the Cape Town suburb of Observatory
  • 16th: Day of Reconciliation (Public holiday)

Thailand

  • 5th: King's Birthday is father's day, and a public holiday

United Kingdom

Lebanon

  • 4th: Eid il-Burbara (Saint Barbara's Day, very similar to Halloween)
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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

DECEMBER (Lat. decem, ten), the last month of the year. In the Roman calendar, traditionally ascribed to Romulus, the year was divided into ten months, the last of which was called December, or the tenth month, and this name, though etymologically incorrect, was retained for the last or twelfth month of the year as now divided. In the Romulian calendar December had thirty days; Numa reduced the number to twenty-nine; Julius Caesar added two days to this, giving the month its present length. The Saturnalia occurred in December, which is therefore styled "acceptus geniis" by Ovid (Fasti, iii. 58); and this also explains the phrase of Horace "libertate Decembri utere" (Sat. ii. 7). Martial applies to the month the epithet canes (hoary), and Ovid styles it gelidus (frosty) and fumosus (smoky). In the reign of Commodus it was temporarily styled Amazonius, in honour of the emperor's mistress, whom he had had painted as an Amazon. The Saxons called it winter-monath, winter month, and heligh-monath, holy month, from the fact that Christmas fell within it. Thus the modern Germans call it Christmonat. The 22nd of December is the date of the winter solstice, when the sun reaches the tropic of Capricorn.


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Wiktionary

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Etymology

Middle English decembre, from Old French decembre, from Latin december (tenth month), from Latin decem (ten), from Proto-Indo-European *dekm, ten; December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar.

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December

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countable and uncountable; Decembers

December (countable and uncountable; plural Decembers)

  1. The twelfth and last month of the Gregorian calendar, following November and preceding the January of the following year. Abbreviation: Dec or Dec.

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  • Undecimber

Genealogy

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December (listen) is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

December begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Sagittarius and ends in the sign of Capricorn. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which is the only zodiacal constellation that is not counted as an astrological sign, and ends in the constellation of Sagittarius.

In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February. December's flower is the narcissus or holly. December's birthstones are turquoise, lapis lazuli, zircon, topaz (blue), or tanzanite. It is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month. December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

Events in December

Other names

  • In Albanian, December is called Dhjetor
  • In the Anishinaabe language, December is known as Manidoo-giizisoons, meaning "little spirit-moon".
  • In Asturian, December is called Avientu
  • In Finnish, December is called joulukuu, meaning "month of Christmas", since about the 18th century. Earlier it was called talvikuu, meaning "month of winter".
  • In Georgian, December is called დეკემბერი.
  • In Irish, December is called Mí na Nollaig, meaning "month of Christmas".
  • In the old Japanese calendar, the month is called Shiwasu meaning "priests run"; it is named so because priests are busy making end of the year prayers and blessings.
  • In Turkish, December is known as Aralık.
  • In Xhosa, December is known as ngeyomNga, meaning "month of the mimosa thorn tree".

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December is the twelfth and last month of the year, with 31 days. From the Latin decem for "ten". It was the tenth month of the year before January and February were added to the Roman calendar.

December begins on the same day of the week as September every year.

December's flower is the Narcissus. Its birthstone is the Turquoise. The meaning of the Turquoise is Prosperity.

Some of the holidays celebrated in December are Christmas, New Year's Eve, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah.

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