Advent is a term from the Latin word ‘adventus’ which means “arrival”.
It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas, the coming of Jesus on the earth when he was born as a baby at Bethlehem about two thousand years ago.
Advent is the new year of the Christian Church.
In Western Christianity, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24. When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last, or fourth Sunday of Advent.
In Eastern Orthodox churches, which use the Julian calendar, Advent begins earlier, on November 15, and lasts 40 days, rather than 4 weeks.
Advent celebrations typically involves a season of prayer, fasting and repentance, followed by anticipation, hope and joy.
Christmas Advent Calendar 2016 :
Please find below the Advent Calendar for 2016 as per Western Christianity.
- 27th November 2016 - First Sunday of Advent
- 4th December 2016 - Second Sunday of Advent
- 11th December 2016 - Third Sunday of Advent
- 18th December 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Advent