Ursids Meteor Shower

Joylina Goodings

The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour.The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. However the nearly full moon will not make for easy viewing.  

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Winter Solstice & Yule

Joylina Goodings

The solstice itself has been a special day of the year's annual cycle since neolithic times.  It is the shortest day of the year with just 7 hours and 49 minutes daylight. The solstice itself is the moment the sun is shining farthest to the south, directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, so the time is varies every year, between December 20th and 23rd and this year occurs on December 21st at 22.23pm. 

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Saturnalia

Joylina Goodings

Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, held on 17 December of our current Julian calendar and later the festivities were expanded through to 23 December. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, and then a public

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World Human Rights Day

Joylina Goodings

World Human Rights Day is held on the 10th December each year. Events focussing on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are being held worldwide. Many events aim to educate people, especially children and teenagers, on their human rights and the importance of upholding these in their own communities and further afield.

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Geminids Meteor Shower

Joylina Goodings

The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. Many years ago I was lucky enough to watch The Geminids whilst 

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St. Nicolas Day - The Origins of Santa Claus

Joylina Goodings

St. Nicolas day, is the patron saint of Children and is believed to be the origin of Santa Claus, as it was customary for St. Nicolas the bring small gifts to children on his saint's day which falls onthe 6th December each year. 

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Zula-Khural the Buddhist Feast of Thousands of Lamps

Joylina Goodings

Zula-Khural – is one of the most important memorial days followers of Tibetan Buddhism. It falls on the 25th day of the tenth month of the lunar calendar. It commemorates the passing into nirvana of Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Tibetan Gelug school. Zula-Khural held for three days. 

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Hanukkah 2-10 December 2018

Joylina Goodings

2 December is the start of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah (sometimes spelt Chanukah) which is the Jewish Festival of Lights which celebrates the victory of the ancient Israelites over the Syrian Greek army and the subsequent rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem with the restoration of the Menorah.

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