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The Department of Health Sciences is pleased to recognize the following observances and celebrations for the month of December:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2022

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division of Social Inclusion recognizes the International Day of Persons with Disabilities annually on December 3. The theme this year is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.” Click to learn more.


December 18-26, 2022

Known also as the “Festival of Lights,” this eight-day observance celebrates the Jews’ historic struggle for religious freedom and the right to be different, commemorating the historic victory of the Maccabees against the Syrian-Greeks. Common traditions include gift-giving, eating sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and latkes (potato pancakes), singing and the nightly lighting of the menorah.

Christmas Day

December 25, 2022

Honoring the birth of Jesus and his self-sacrifice. Common traditions include gift-giving, praying in church, decorating Christmas trees and visiting family.

UNC-Chapel Hill provides a calendar of Holy Days and Observances as a resource for education and accommodation. The Department of Health Sciences will share monthly observances and recognitions as a part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.