December

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December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

December begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Sagittarius and ends in the sign of Capricorn. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which is the only zodiacal constellation that is not counted as an astrological sign, and ends in the constellation of Sagittarius.

In Latin, decem means "ten". December was also the tenth month in the Roman calendar until a monthless winter period was divided between January and February.

Monthlong observances

Events in December

Trivia

Other names

  • In Albanian, December is called Dhjetor
  • In Finnish, December is called joulukuu, meaning "month of Christmas", since about the 18th century. Earlier it was called talvikuu, meaning "month of winter".
  • In Georgian, December is called დეკემბერი.
  • In Irish, December is called Mí na Nollaig, meaning "month of Christmas".
  • In the old Japanese calendar, the month is called Shiwasu meaning "priests run"; it is named so because priests are busy making end of the year prayers and blessings.
  • In Xhosa, December is known as ngeyomNga, meaning "month of the mimosa thorn tree".