Advent Begins for the year 2024 is celebrated/observed on Tuesday, November 1st. There are until the next observance.
Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and concludes on Christmas Eve, December 24. It will be commemorated this year from November 27 to December 24. Did you realize that Advent dates all the way back to the fifth century? Christians, particularly Catholics and Jews, observe Advent to commemorate the Nativity of Jesus Christ at Christmas and the Second Coming of Christ. In a secular sense, it heralds the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. During the Advent weeks, Christians light an Advent wreath, keep an Advent calendar, read a daily devotional for Advent, and start getting ready for Christmas in general.
📆 When is Advent Begins?
This year, Advent Begins is on November 1st. It is the 1st Tuesday in November; in 2023, it is on Wednesday.
→ Did you know: Advent is known as St. Philip’s Fast, The Nativity Fast, Winter Lent, or Christmas Lent in Eastern Churches.
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📜 History of Advent Begins
In the fifth century, the Advent calendar was just a simple calendar with doors that each had an image or a Bible verse behind them. In the nineteenth century, chocolate, cheese, alcohol, or make-up were added to the calendar.
The practice of counting the days till Christmas started in the mid-nineteenth century, when German Lutheran households used chalk to mark each day until Christmas Eve. Gerhard Lang, a German printer, began producing Advent calendars out of cardboard in the early 1900s. By the 1920s, these cardboard Advent calendars began to include little cut-out doors with a devotional image or Bible text hidden behind them. During World War II, as Germany began rationing cardboard, manufacture of the calendars declined, and in the 1930s, Lang totally ceased production of Advent calendars.
Nazi Germany used the Advent calendar to instill allegiance in youngsters in order to enforce the state’s ideology on the younger generations. In 1943, the Third Reich made its own Advent calendar. It had pictures of tanks, swastikas, and Nazi symbols.
When the war ended, a few companies resumed production of Advent calendars because cardboard was in short supply. Richard Sellmer of Stuttgart, whose firm still exists today, was a popular maker. His calendars were transported to the United States in the 1950s and became a part of the American Christmas custom.
In 1953, “Newsweek” published an image of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s grandkids holding an Advent calendar. Many people believe the image is what elevated the calendar’s appeal in the United States. Cadbury entered the race for this specific sort of Advent calendar in 1971, after the first chocolate Advent calendar was released in 1958. Since then, many companies have made and sold Advent calendars with different things, making them more appealing to adults as well as children.
☑️ Advent Begins facts
✅ It has a unique tradition in France
During Advent, farmers in Normandy hire youngsters under the age of 12 to run through their fields and orchards with torches, lighting straw bundles on fire.
✅ It always has four Sundays
Regardless of when Advent begins, it always has four Sundays.
✅ Fasting is slowly phasing out
While some devout Christians continue to fast throughout Advent, the vast majority do not. Eastern Church Christians are more prone to fasting than Western Church Christians.
✨ Things to do on Advent Begins
⚡ Light the Advent wreath
One of the most important practices during Advent is the lighting of the Advent wreath, which is done in both homes and churches. Depending on the church, the wreaths normally feature four to five candles. Each candle represents a step of salvation before the arrival of Christ. If you want to participate in Advent customs, go to a store near you and purchase an Advent wreath. Remember to light one candle on each Sunday of Advent.
⚡ Keep the Advent calendar
Keeping the Advent calendar is one of the more enjoyable components of Advent, at least from a secular standpoint. Most Advent calendars now include food, drinks, or cosmetic items to enjoy on each of the twelve days leading up to Christmas Eve. You may look for an Advent calendar online or in a local supermarket. The calendar might give your loved ones an idea of what to expect as a Christmas present. It can also help keep your children entertained until Christmas.
⚡ Start preparing for Christmas
Advent begins the four weeks leading up to Christmas. You may use that time to get a lot of things done before Christmas. This might entail cleaning the house, decorating it, buying a Christmas tree and gifts for your loved ones, and making arrangements for the Christmas and New Year vacations.
📅 Advent Begins Observances
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