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First Sunday of Advent in United Kingdom

Quick Facts

The first Sunday in Advent is the start of the liturgical or church year for many Christians as well as the Christmas season for people in the United Kingdom (UK).

Name

First Sunday of Advent

Alternative name

Advent Sunday

First Sunday of Advent 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

First Sunday of Advent 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015
List of dates for other years

The first Sunday in Advent is the Sunday closest to St Andrew’s Day.  This date marks the start of the liturgical or church year. It marks the start of the Christmas season for many people in the United Kingdom.

Four advent candles with decoration.

Advent candles are used in many places worldwide, including the United Kingdom, during the Advent season.

©iStockphoto.com/Jasmin Awad

What do people do?

Some Christians attend special church services on the first Sunday in Advent. Some churches also hold a Christingle service for children and families. During a Christingle service, each child is presented with or carries a Christingle. Parishioners collect money for the Children's Society to help support children facing violence, neglect or poverty in their daily lives.

Many people put up Christmas decorations in their homes, schools and offices on or just after the first Sunday in Advent. Some people write or post Christmas cards to family members and friends. Others bake a Christmas cake or cook a Christmas pudding on this date.

The Christmas lights in town centers and shopping centers and lights on large Christmas trees in public places are also turned on in ceremonies in this week. The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London is an annual present from the Norwegians to express their gratitude for the UK’s support for their country during World War II.

Public life

The first Sunday of Advent is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. Churches and shopping centers may be busier than usual as people prepare for the Christmas season.

Background

Advent and particularly the four Sundays before Christmas Day have been a period of preparation for Christmas for many centuries. More information on the background to these celebrations and observances are given in our general article on the first Sunday in Advent.

Symbols

Advent wreaths are groups of four candles with leaves and twigs from evergreen trees and plants. People light one candle on the first Sunday of Advent, two on the second Sunday, three on the third Sunday and all four on the fourth Sunday. Some people then continue to light all four candles during the Christmas period.

About First Sunday of Advent in other countries

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First Sunday of Advent Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunDec 21990First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 11991First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 291992First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 281993First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 271994First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 31995First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 11996First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 301997First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 291998First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 281999First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 32000First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 22001First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 12002First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 302003First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 282004First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 272005First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 32006First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 22007First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 302008First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 292009First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 282010First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 272011First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 22012First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 12013First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 302014First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 292015First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 272016First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 32017First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 22018First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunDec 12019First Sunday of AdventObservance 
SunNov 292020First Sunday of AdventObservance 

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