Holiday Lights at the Beach
Now through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Drive down the Boardwalk and enjoy holiday light displays. For admission prices, see the event website.
Christmas Holiday Show
Now through Monday, Dec. 31. The Artistic Creations Holiday Art Show will continue through Monday. Call 757-363-3464 for more information.
Holiday Miniature Art Exhibition
Now through Monday, Dec. 31. The Richard Stravitz Sculpture and Fine Art Galleries 30th Street Gallery will hold its Holiday Miniature Art Exhibition and Sale through Monday. Call 757-961-7509 for more information.
Now through Monday, Dec. 31. Hunt Club Farm will present a holiday event with a live animal nativity, petting zoo, light displays, marshmallow roasting, Santa’s workshop, and more. See the event website for hours and admission.
“The Trans-formative Power of Christ Consciousness”
Now through Monday, Dec. 31. Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment will hold its annual New Year’s Conference. The conference will culminate in a New Year’s Eve party, dance, and meditation. For more information, call 800-333-4499 or visit the event website.
Monday, Dec. 31. Some Christian churches, including Bread of Heaven Outreach Ministries, Inc. in Virginia Beach, hold Watch Night services each New Year’s Eve. Watch Night is a time to reflect and thank God for His blessings on the previous year and to pray for the upcoming year. The history of Watch Night is unclear, with some tracing it back to the Methodist Church, while others believe that this religious observance originated earlier in the Moravian Church. Watch Night has taken a particular significance in African American churches. On December 31, 1862, many slaves and abolitionists gathered in churches on Watch Night, prayed, and waited for official word that Abraham Lincoln had kept his word and issued the Emancipation Proclamation. True to his word, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, 150 years ago. For this reason, Watch Night is celebrated in African American churches not only as a religious observance, but also as a celebration of freedom.
Tuesday, Jan. 1 through Monday, Jan. 7. Gantan-Sai is the seven-day festival of the Shinto New Year. In celebration of Gantan-Sai, Shintos visit sacred shrines and temples, perform purification rituals, dress in their finest clothing, visit loved ones, and pray for purification, renewal, health, and prosperity.
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
Tuesday, Jan. 1. Some Christian churches will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus and the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ. In accordance with Jewish law, Jesus was circumcised when he was eight days old. On this day, he was also given the name Jesus, as the angel Gabriel instructed Mary (Luke 1:30-31; Luke 2:21).
Mary, Mother of God
Tuesday, Jan. 1. In the Catholic Christian church, the Virgin Mary is honored as the mother of Jesus Christ on Jan. 1.
Feast of St. Basil
The Feast of St. Basil will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in the Eastern Orthodox Church and on Wednesday, Jan. 2 in the Roman Catholic Church. St. Basil was fourth century Christian theologian, bishop, and Doctor of the Church.
Birth of Guru Gobind Singh
Saturday, Jan. 5. On Saturday, many Sikhs will commemorate the birth of the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh. Observation of the holiday includes public processions, hymn singing, and readings from the Guru Granth Sahib. For more about this holiday, read “Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday.”
Saturday, Jan. 5. Twelfth Night is the final night of Christmastide and the eve of Epiphany. From medieval times to the 19th century, Twelfth Night was widely observed as a joyous festival. Since the mid-1800’s, however, the holiday has largely dropped from prominence.
Sunday, Jan. 6. Also known as Three Kings Day and the Feast of the Theophany, Epiphany is a Christian holiday that falls on the twelfth day after Christmas. This holiday is a celebration of the physical manifestation of God in human form. For most Western Christians, Epiphany commemorates the visitation of the wise men, as related in Matthew 2:1-12. For Western Christians, Epiphany is a time to remember the baptism of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 3:1-17, Mark 1:2-11, Luke 3:1-22, and John 1:19-34.