Christmas is the happy time for people all over the world. Find out how Nigerian celebrate this holy day.
Christmas is a very special time around the world and in Nigeria. Over 50 percent of the population here are Christians, thus we should discover the best Christmas traditions in Nigeria to use in our celebrations.
When it all starts?
The preparation for this special day starts way ahead of time. People buy birds and animals to feed and grow for the celebration meal. Kids may take active part in feeding and caring for those beasts to make them fit to be killed and cooked for the Christmas Eve table.
Christmas traditions in Nigeria:
- Reunion time
Our Lord Jesus Christ has united different people on the day of His birth. His family, the shepherds, rich and wise men and even angels came together. In our days Christmas continues uniting people. Most folks travel long distance to their homelands to meet the family and reunite with those they may not have seen for a long while. It is a great family time.
Christmas is the time to give gifts. God Himself has provide us with the greatest possible gift ever – His Son Jesus and the redemption He offered us. Of course, kids in Nigeria, as anywhere else in the world expect to receive gifts: sweets, new clothes, toys, etc. They may run out to the streets, sing carols and be given by the strangers small amounts of money for their efforts.
Of course, the adults are also expecting to be gifted by their loved ones. So, make sure to pick the best gifts for your ladies or husbands and for your parents.
People cook huge amounts of food during this week. Everyone who comes to visit a house has to be offered the best food and eat all they can. It is highly unacceptable to refuse food offered for Christmas. People visit each other, brining gifts and singing songs of joy of salvation. They sever guests delicous and cute cakes.
Nigerian people are great singers and they have amazing Christmas carols to sing in their churches, on the streets and just at homes. Indeed Christmas is the time of merrymaking and joyful songs.
- Church going
Surely people attend the festive church services to celebrate the birth of our Lord together and glorify His name. They pray together, worship together and once again hear the awesome story of that special night.
All the streets start sparkling with the festive lights. Homes are decorated with palm branches, Christmas ornaments and garlands.
Christmas meals are plentiful and delicious. Here are few dishes especially loved and cooked for this time:
- Nigerian fried rice
- Fruit cake
- Chin Chin snack
As you may see, Christmas is celebrated in Nigeria with the local flavor, but this special time of the year unites people all around the globe and makes them close. They share the common joy and worship our common Lord Jesus Christ together.
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