In Congo in Africa, a group is designated just to prepare the annual Christmas pageant. In the Christmas morning, African people and groups of carolers walk around the village and sing Christmas carols. They then go to home to wear festive clothes and take love offerings for Jesus to the special service that is held at the house of worship. In the church, the birthday of Jesus is celebrated and people keep their gifts upon the raised platform near the Communion table. After the service, people invite friends to Christmas dinners arranged in front of their homes.
Since Christmas falls in summers in South Africa, it is not the snowy
dark winter night but sunshine and blooming flowers that grace the
Christmas Eve. There are summer holidays in schools and camping is
common. In large centers, there is special screening and floorshows are
arranged. Carols by candlelight are common events too. People use pine
branches for home decor and Christmas fir is put in a corner with
presents for children of the household around its base. At bedtime,
children often hang stockings in which Father Christmas can keep their
26th of December is known as the Boxing Day and is a proclaimed public
holiday. It is the day to relax. In Ghana, on the west coast of Africa,
churches and homes are decorated with the first week of Advent, four
weeks before Christmas. Christmas time is the time for cocoa harvest and
hence people have prosperous and money to spare. Everybody return to
homes on Christmas Eve including farmers and miners. Children sing
Christmas carols and march down the streets shouting, "Christ is
coming!". In the evening, a special service is held in the
churches, which are decorated with evergreen and palm trees and lighted
candles. Nativity plays are conducted and people sing hymns. Everybody
dresses up as Christmas angels on the main day and sing Christmas carols
at home and dress up in native or Western attire for the church service.
The traditional Christmas feast consists of rice, meats, porridge, okra
soup or stew and yam paste called fufu. Families and close friends
gather at the feast and share gifts and presents. An oil palm decorated
with bells is used as the Christmas tree in Liberia. In the morning of
Christmas, they wake up with carols and share utility items such as
soaps and pencils as Christmas gifts. Christmas dinner in Liberia is
arranged outdoors and the traditional dishes consist of rice, beef and
biscuits. Traditional Christmas games serve as afternoon pastime while
the advent of Christ is celebrated in the night with fireworks.
Read about Christmas and its traditions in Africa and African Christmas customs.