How to say"Merry Christmas" in some African Languages
In Akan (Ghana) Afishapa In Zimbabwe Merry Kisimusi In Afrikaans (South Africa) Geseënde Kersfees In Zulu (South Africa) Sinifisela Ukhisimusi Omuhle In Swazi (Swaziland) Sinifisela Khisimusi Lomuhle In Sotho (Lesthoto) Matswalo a Morena a Mabotse In Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya) Kuwa na Krismasi njema In Amharic (Ethiopia) Melkam Yelidet Beaal In Egyptian (Egypt) Colo sana wintom tiebeen In Yoruba (Nigeria) E ku odun, e hu iye' dun! Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities large and small. There are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. On Christmas day carols are sung from the Congo on down to South Africa. Meats are roasted, gifts are exchanged and family visits made. The Coptic Christians in Ethiopia and Egypt celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January (rather than the 25th of December) because they follow a different calendar. Kwanzaa is not celebrated in Africa, as it's an African-American holiday. As in most Christian cultures, celebrating Christmas dinner with friends and family tops the list after attending church. In most countries Christmas is a public holiday and people take the opportunity to visit friends and family. In East Africa goats are quickly snapped up at the local markets and roasted on Christmas day. In South Africa the sun is hot and the beaches are full of families enjoying braais (barbeques) or traditional Christmas dinners with paper hats, mince pies, turkey and plum pudding (a vestige of the British colonial legacy.) In Ghana Christmas dinner is not complete without fufu and okra soup and in Liberia rice, beef and biscuits are the order of the day. Zimbabweans make sure there's plenty of bread, jam and tea to eat along with their goat meat.
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