The diversity of the African Christmas traditions
Christmas is celebrated with enthusiasm in Africa with preparation and decorations for the holiday beginning well ahead time. Different African countries have variations in the African Christmas traditions relating to each country’s background and culture. But the main dish during Christmas is a common thing among the countries; this may range from turkey, goat meat, cow meat, pork, fish to chicken.
Kenya is one country that celebrates the African Christmas traditions with a lot of enthusiasm through a lot of feasting. The tradition is that all family members gather together mostly in the rural area and begin the holiday by going for a morning mass in the local church followed by goat eating for the rest of the day. Goat feasting also known as ‘Nyama Choma’ and Tusker beer is the Christmas mood around the country; the goat is usually roasted and eaten straight away from the grill. People, who cannot afford, change this particular type of Christmas tradition to feasting on chicken, with ugali, rice, kales or chapattis.
Ghana that is located on West Africa celebrates the African Christmas traditions in a completely different style. The celebrations begin with an advent, a month before Christmas, where the households and churches are decorated meticulously. The cocoa harvest in the country coincides with the festive season thus depicted as another of the African Christmas traditions associated with this particular country. After the harvest, both miners and farmers attend a church mass on Christmas Eve followed by the singing of carols by children as they parade the streets of Ghana.
Liberia is another country that embraces the African Christmas traditions by the singing of carols early in the morning to alert people about this great holiday. Outdoor eating is one of the African Christmas traditions encouraged with the main food consisting of biscuits, rice and beef; and the children are given gifts ranging from sweets, soap, clothes, books to pencils. South Africa celebrates the African Christmas traditions during the summer season which is ignited by camping. Floorshows are demonstrated in various regions of the country and instead of a full Christmas tree, pine branches are incorporated in the decorations that also include candles and figures of Santa Claus.