International Days in December Around the Globe

December 11 – International Mountain Day


December 11 is International Mountain Day, a day to celebrate the beauty and importance of
mountains around the world. Mountains provide us with food, clean water, and energy, and they are
home to some of the world’s most unique plants and animals. They also offer us opportunities
for adventure and recreation.
On this day, we encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy the mountains! You can opt for a
hike, take some photos, or simply spend time admiring their majestic beauty. Or, if you can’t get
to the mountains, learn more about them – there’s so much to discover!
Here are some things you can do on International Mountain Day:
• Make time for a hike in the mountains – spending time in nature is beneficial for your health
and well-being!
• Learn about mountain ecosystems – they are fascinating places with many plants
and animals.
• Support organizations that work to protect mountains – they are vital to our planet’s health.
• Help reduce your impact on the mountains – avoid damaging trails, stick to marked routes, and
pack out all your trash.


December 18 – International Migrants Day


International Migrant Day is celebrated every year on December 18. The day aims to recognize
the contributions and rights of migrants around the world.
Migration is a human rights issue. Migrants are often forced to leave their homes and families
due to conflict, natural disasters, poverty, or persecution. They deserve our support and
protection.
On International Migrants Day, let us stand with migrants and celebrate their contributions to our
societies. Let us also recommit to protecting their rights.


December 21 – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People


In December, we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people.
On December 21st, the international community comes together to show its support for the
Palestinian people and their right to self-determination. This day also marks the anniversary of
the UN General Assembly’s adoption of Resolution 3236, which reaffirmed the inalienable rights
of the Palestinian people.

Throughout history, Palestinians have been subjected to discrimination, violence, and
dispossession. There is no end in sight to the denial of their basic rights and the occupation of
their country. We call on all states and international organizations to respect their obligations
under international law. We also call on them to take concrete action to support the Palestinian
people in their struggle for justice and equality.


December 24 – Christmas Eve


Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day before Christmas Day, the festival commemorating
the birth of Jesus. Christmas Day is observed around the world, and Christmas Eve is widely
observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day. Together, both days are
considered one of the most culturally significant celebrations in Christendom and Western
society.
Christmas Eve traditions include attending special church services, sharing meals with family
and friends, decorating homes with festive greenery, exchanging gifts, and partaking in other
merrymaking activities. In many countries, such as Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic,
In Germany, Ukraine, and Scandinavia, Santa Claus arrives on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to
children. The tradition of leaving out milk and cookies for Santa Claus dates back to 16th
century America.
In recent decades, the commercialization of Christmas has led to an influx of Santa’s helpers
known as Santa’s miniature elves. These elves are often depicted as small children dressed in
green or red clothing. They work with Santa in his workshop at the North Pole making toys for
deserving girls and boys around the world.