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African Celebrations & Holidays

Africans are very spiritual people and its history traditions dates back to the 1st Century AD. Africans main religions range from Christianity, to Islam and indigenous beliefs. Going to church is generally the main focus of Christmas celebrations in Africa. Nativity scenes are played out, carols are sung and in some cases dances are performed.


In East Africa goats are roasted on Christmas day. In South Africa the beaches are full of families enjoying braais (barbeque) or traditional Christmas dinners with paper hats, mince pies, turkey and plum pudding, which is an adoption of their British legacy. In Ghana, Christmas dinner tradition must have fufu and okra soup and in Liberia: rice, beef and biscuits. Zimbabweans must have plenty of bread, jam and tea to eat along with their goat meat.


Kwanzaa is not celebrated in Africa, as it's an African-American holiday.

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