Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

December 2021 DEI Celebrations Round-Up

On behalf of the GSWNY Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, every month we’re highlighting different holidays and events that are celebrated by people around the world. DEI Celebrations in December include the end of Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.


Hanukkah (Ends December 6)

Another religious Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration of Maccabee victory over the Syrian Greek army, the rededication the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and the miracle that one vial of oil kept the Temple lamp lit for eight days. Read more >>>


Winter Solstice (December 21)

The Winter Solstice marks the first day of the winter and the shortest day of the year. While for many the day passes as a changing of seasons, it is actually celebrated different ways around the world. Whether you view it as the shortest day or longest night, check out these international celebrations.


Christmas (December 25)

Christmas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus, but is widely celebrated around the world for both the secular and religious traditions incorporating many different traditions. Click here to learn more about the holiday and its history.


Kwanzaa (Starts December 26)

Coming from the phrase for ‘first fruits’ in Swahili, Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way “to bring African Americans together as a community.” He pulled from different African harvest celebrations, including those of the Ashanti and Zulu. Learn more about the history and traditions by clicking here.



The Celebrations Subcommittee of GSWNY’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee strives to include as many cultural and religious holidays as possible every month. If we’re missing something, or misrepresenting a holiday, please let us know by emailing communications@gswny.org.

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