- World AIDS Day, December 1 — which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada — is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV/AIDS, and what we still must achieve.
- December 6 has been designated the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women, as we remember the brutal murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989).
- December 10 is Human Rights Day. The United Nations has selected its 2020 theme: Recover better and stand up for human rights, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure human rights are central to recovery efforts. This year, CFIC will present a panel discussion highlighting recent blasphemy events and cases.
- December 13 is National Cocoa Day. Raise a mug of chocolatey goodness in a toast to the Mayan people who first started consuming beverages made from this tasty bean about 2000 years ago.
- December 15 is Cat Herders Day.
- For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the 2020 Winter Solstice occurs on December 21. At 10:03 UTC, the North Pole has its maximum tilt away from the sun.
- Did you miss Cocoa Day on the 13th? Here’s another chance to get your theobromine fix: December 28 is National Chocolate Candy Day.
If you celebrate any of these, or have suggestions for upcoming celebrations or observances, please drop us a line or send a picture to CriticalLinks@centreforinquiry.ca.