Advent Sunday is celebrated by Christians all around the world — in particular by those whose denomination is part of Western Christianity. It marks the beginning of the new liturgical calendar year, which delineates when church feasts and the celebration of saints will be observed, when particular portions of scripture will be read, and what colors will be worn or displayed.
Advent Sunday also marks the beginning of Advent, which goes until Christmas. The word "adventum" means "coming" in Latin, and for Christians, Advent is a time of waiting for the coming of Jesus with his birth at Bethlehem, and for his Second Coming. It is unknown exactly when Advent began being celebrated, but it dates back at least until the fifth century.
This article originally appeared on Fremont News-Messenger: Today is: Advent Sunday