From our Holiday Express train, Capitol Corridor wishes you a holiday filled with love, warmth, and moments of connection! Capitol Corridor connects Northern Californians across diverse communities and beyond with safe, reliable, and convenient transportation, and our mission is for everyone to feel welcome. We hope to see you onboard this holiday season!
As we end the year, here are major holidays and events celebrated in December.
Hanukkah: December 7-15, 2023
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish celebration that typically spans eight nights and days, commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century BCE. Families come together to share special meals, exchange gifts, and partake in traditional foods like latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts).
Lean more about Hanukkah here
Winter Solstice: December 20-23, 2023
The Winter Solstice celebration marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, usually occurring around December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a cultural and astronomical event celebrated by various cultures around the world. The celebration serves as a time to reflect on the cycles of nature, express gratitude, and welcome the gradual return of light after the darkest day of the year.
Learn more about the Winter Solstice here
Christmas: December 25, 2023
Christmas, one of the most widely celebrated holidays around the world, is a festive season that brings warmth, joy, and a sense of togetherness. Observed on December 25th, Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, a central figure in Christianity. Whether celebrated in a religious context or as a secular holiday, Christmas serves as a time for spreading love, compassion, and the joy of giving.
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Kwanzaa: December 26-January 1, 2024
Kwanzaa, a cultural celebration deeply rooted in African American heritage, takes place from December 26th to January 1st each year. Families celebrate by lighting the kinara, a seven-branched candleholder, and each day they discuss and focus on Nguzo Saba principles. Kwanzaa serves as a time for reflection, cultural affirmation, and community building, fostering a strong sense of identity and unity within the African American community.
Learn more about Kwanzaa here
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