Thursday, December 22, 2016

Day Twelve- Christmas in Ghana

I made it to the end of my Twelve Days of Christmas Around the World study!!!! I had a TON of fun learning about the many different ways to celebrate Christmas.

Today let's travel back to Africa to visit Christmas Celebrations in Ghana.

Woah! Hang on! Ghana has 66 different languages, and they all have DIFFERENT Christmas customs! Hold on to your hats, folks, this may be a wild ride. :) Okay, so I'll go with some general ways that people celebrate. ;)

Just like in a lot of the other countries I studied, people in Ghana travel to visit family.

Fun Fact: December is the start of the Cocoa harvest in Ghana (Ghana is one of the world's largest cocoa producers!).

Christmas Eve services include a Nativity play, dancing, drumming, and singing long into the night!
Christmas day, bright and early, carolers will go door to door singing and bringing good wishes. Then churches are full again, with people dressed in their bright traditional clothing. After the service comes gift exchanging and more festivities.
Christmas in Ghana
Stew, orka soup, porridge, meat, rice and 'fufu' (yam paste) make up the menu for Christmas day in Ghana.

Some people go to church again on December 31 to thank God for the gift of his son and to pray for a good and safe new year.

As far as decorations go, you will see mostly flowers and palm branches. You may see an occasional traditional Christmas tree, though.


I like how the true message of Christmas is not lost in the celebration in Ghana.

"Afishapa" (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year) from Ghana!

May you have a wonderful Christmas this year! I hope you take time to remember the reason for the celebrations amid whatever fun and festivities you enjoy this holiday season. :)


Merry Christmas from Ghana (picture from digest.bellafricana.com)

1 comment:

  1. Most impressive! You're much more knowledgeable about this stuff than I am, that's for sure. I really enjoyed reading this series.

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