By Alina Jawwad
December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is one of seven months with the length of 31 days. December is the first month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, December is the seasonal equivalent to June in the Northern hemisphere, which is the first month of summer. December is the month with the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. December gets its name from the Latin word decem (meaning ten) because it was originally the tenth month of the year in the Roman calendar, which began in March. The winter days following December were not included as part of any month. Later, the months of January and February were created out of the month-less period and added to the beginning of the calendar, but December retained its name.
Symbols Of December
– Its birth flower is the narcissus.
– December’s birthstones are the turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite.
– The zodiac signs for the month of December are Sagittarius (until December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 onwards).
– Roman: December
– Saxon: Giuli
– Germanic: Heil-mond (Holy month)
– Old French: Decembre
– Colour: Blue
December In Other Languages
– Chinese (Mandarin) – shieryue
– Danish- december
– French- decembre
– Italian- dicembre
– Latin- December
– Spanish- diciembre
More About December
– Quaid-e-Azam Birthday, 25th December.
– National Day of United Arab Emirates (December 2)
– Independence Day in Finland (December 6)
– Human Rights Day, UN (December 10)
– Christmas (December 25)
– It is the first month of winter and the last month of the year.
– Day of Restoration of Independence of Portugal (December 1)
– International Monkey Day (December 14)
– National Cookie Day (United States) is December 4th. Other snacks celebrated this month include pie, cotton candy, chocolate brownies, cocoa, and cupcakes.
– International Day of People with Disability (December 3)
– December often marks the beginning of rain, snow, and cold weather.
– On December 29, 1862, the bowling bowl was invented.
– In the United States the month is associated with Christmas. There are Christmas decorations, sales, musicals, and parties. Many people spend their time Christmas shopping.
– December in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to June in the Southern Hemisphere.
– National Day of Kingdom of Bahrain (December 16)
– On December 4, 1791, The Observer newspaper (the first Sunday newspaper) was first published in Britain.
– On December 3, 1967, the first heart transplant was completed.
– December 28th is considered by some to be the unluckiest day of the year.
– Independence Day (Jamhuri Day) in Kenya (December 12)
– The first artificial Christmas tree was made in Germany, fashioned out of goose feathers that are dyed green!
– The first day of winter is on either December 21 or 22. This is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is called the winter or Southern solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
– New Year’s Eve (December 31)