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AWARENESS DAY CALENDAR - December 2023

Welcome to December's awareness day calendar! If you want to view the full calendar, and digest/plan content at your leisure - please click the button and download now!
A group of hands holding a red AIDS band
World AIDS Day

Raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died. Globally, an estimated 38 million people are living with HIV, and are more likely to experience poverty, hardship and inequalities.

Dec 1
A black and white image of a hand held up against a window
National Grief Awareness Week

Raising awareness about support for bereaved people. This week highlights the impact of unsupported grief on individuals and wider communities. Bereavement is a time of crisis that can lead to poor mental health - resulting in physical health conditions.

Dec 2-8
An advent calendar
Christian: Advent Begins

The Christian season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ at Christmas. It’s the beginning of the liturgical year in Western Christianity. Each Sunday has a different spiritual theme and often involves the ceremonial lighting of an Advent candle.

Dec 3-24
A volunteer in red clothing holding up a camera
International Volunteering day

A time to recognise and promote the work of the 862.4 million volunteers across the globe. 6.5% of working-age people worldwide engage in formal volunteering via an organisation or association - helping them build valuable skills and a sense of belonging.

Dec 5
A menorah with all of the candles lit
Jewish: Hanukkah

Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights) is a Jewish celebration of the recapture of the holy Temple of Jerusalem. Candles are lit on each day of the festival to celebrate the miracle of one day's oil burning for eight whole days – the eight days of Hanukkah.

Dec 7-15
The buddha with hands clasped together
Budhist: Bodhi Day (Buddha’s Enlightenment)

A Buddhist holiday that marks the day that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Buddhists commemorate the day by meditating, studying the Dharma (teaching), chanting sutras (Buddhist texts) and performing kind acts towards others.

Dec 8
A christmas tree with decorations on it
Christian: Christmas

"IT'S CHRISTMAS!" An annual festival marking the birth of Jesus - Christmas is celebrated by billions around the world. It's evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration - involving presents, Christmas trees, feasting… and even Santa Claus!

Dec 25