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DEI holidays to celebrate in December

Whether you're looking to spread some cheer, create new traditions or broaden awareness of cultural diversity, our list of December holidays has got you covered!

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Get ready to spread some holiday cheer! With our ever-growing and diverse employee bases, it's crucial to recognize and honor the holidays that matter across our teams. 

Whether you're looking to spread some cheer, create new traditions or broaden awareness of cultural diversity, the list below has you covered.

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Month-long DEI celebrations in December

Universal Human Rights Month

The Universal Human Rights Declaration was drafted by the U.N. in 1948. The declaration outlines foundational human rights that need to be protected around the world. Note: Universal Human Rights Day is observed on December 10.

Month of Giving

The Month of Giving is a time dedicated to philanthropy, volunteerism and spreading kindness in the spirit of generosity. This celebration offers a unique opportunity to foster a culture of giving within organizations, demonstrate corporate responsibility and boost employee morale and engagement.

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Additional December DEI holidays

December 1

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an annual campaign to unite people in the fight against HIV and show support for individuals who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1988, World AIDS DAY was the first ever global health day.

Rosa Parks Day

Rosa Parks Day is a holiday honoring civil rights leader Rosa Parks on her birthday. While California and Missouri celebrate this holiday in February, other states observe this holiday on the day she was arrested (December 1) or on the first Monday after her birthday. 

December 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities brings awareness to the challenges people with disabilities face on a daily basis, whether physical or mental. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is also an opportunity for organizations to recognize the contributions of disabled employees and create equitable opportunities for everyone.

December 10

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day serves as a reminder that every person is entitled to basic human rights. This holiday reminds us to think about how we treat others and to do what we can to help the fight for equality for all.

December 12

Universal Health Coverage Day

Universal Health Coverage Day raises awareness about the need for everyone to have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

December 21

Yule

Yule is part of the Celtic calendar and part of the celebration of the Winter Solstice. This holiday predates Christianity and Christmas. Yule is observed in conjunction with the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year.

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December 25

Christmas

Christmas is a religious holiday (celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ) and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. Christmas Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1870.

December 26

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African holiday celebrating seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Kwanzaa was conceived as a nonpolitical and nonreligious holiday.

December 26*

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights, celebrated with nightly menorah lightings, special prayers and food. The holiday lasts for eight nights.

December 31

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve is an opportunity to reflect on the year ending and celebrate the upcoming new year. On this day, many people set goals and intentions for the year ahead.

*Indicates a holiday that begins at sundown the day prior.

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