Christmas In Zimbabwe, Celebration And Traditions Of Christmas In Zimbabwe
The Christmas day is celebrated on 25th December every year in all over world including Zimbabwe. On this day, people celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and enjoy the day with enthusiasm. In Zimbabwe, the Christmas is celebrated in middle of summer which is an awesome thing because there are so less countries having this kind of weather on that time. The day is celebrated under shining sun and with blooming flowers. The decorations can be seen in markets and the carols can be heard everywhere during this season. Today here we are with a topic i.e. Christmas Traditions in the Zimbabwe. So let’s check how it is celebrated in Zimbabwe.
Just like any other country, the preparations for Christmas celebration start before so many days in Zimbabwe. The holidays start, shops and stores remain closed for these holidays. You will be surprised after knowing that some businesses remain closed for whole December month. The Christmas Celebration in the Zimbabwe is made with equal energy that we see in western countries.
Merry Christmas in Zimbabwe
At the time of Christmas in Zimbabwe there is summer and no snow. So the people express their feelings through blooming variety of white flowers. In cities, the carols are sung in evening time and the church services are organized in morning. People decorate their homes and a Christmas tree at one corner. The Christmas tree is fully decorated with lights and has lots of gifts around it. These gifts are for children so they can enjoy the day. In this country, people also like to pull Christmas crackers to celebrate the day with joy. The Christmas meal is eaten under sun and it’s really hot there. Zimbabwe also follows some Christmas traditions that are followed in UK. In Christmas meal, chicken and rice are eaten as chicken is so expensive in country and a royal meal. On this day, people visit family friends and go for a trip into Zimbabwe to play games and swim. After Christmas day, the Boxing Day is celebrated in country and it is also a public holiday. In Zimbabwe, merry Christmas is known as “Muve neKisimusi”.
The reason behind celebration of Christmas is same in Zimbabwe as in other countries. It is proclaimed round the world that on this day Jesus Christ born to die and give us the gift of pardon from sin and eternal life.
For most people in Zimbabwe, Christmas day starts with a Church service. After the Church service, everyone has a party in their homes and people go from house to house, visiting all of their family and friends on the way home! Sometimes, this can take all of the rest of the day! At every house you have something to eat, exchange presents and enjoy the party.
A lot of people get their biggest stereo speakers out and put them outside the front of the house and play their favorite music very loudly! It is not only Christmas music that is played, but also the latest pop tunes and old African favorites.
Everyone wears their best clothes for Christmas, as for some families the only new clothes they get every year are for Christmas. The parties are a good place to show off their new clothes.
Children in Zimbabwe believe that Santa Claus brings them there presents early on Christmas Day, ready to show their friends at Church and at the parties.
Only the main room in the house is often decorated in Zimbabwe. Some Zimbabweans have a traditional ‘European’ Christmas Tree, but they decorate the room with plants like Ivy. This is draped around the whole of the top of room.
Christmas Carols are sung during the Christmas Day morning service and in services leading up to Christmas. There are also sometimes Carols by Candlelight Services in city parks.
The Christmas Cards that are used in Zimbabwe sometimes have African pictures on them, such as wild animals, but most are imported so they have the traditional ‘snow scenes’ and pictures of the Christmas story on them.
The special food eaten at Christmas in Zimbabwe is Chicken with rice. Chicken is a very expensive food in Zimbabwe and is a special treat for Christmas. This is often eaten at the Christmas Day parties.
Santa might sometimes arrive at big stores in a Fire Engine. The streets in the big cities also can have colorful Christmas lights.
Over the last decade Zimbabwe has had many changes, please see the Zimbabwe Country profile at BBC News and Zimbabwe Situation for more information.
Zimbabwe is situated in the southern part of Africa, between South Africa and Zambia.
Fellowship is a big part of Christmas Day in Zimbabwe. Since the country is located south of the equator, Kisimusi, or Christmas is celebrated December 25, during the broiling hot summer.
Starting weeks in advance, everyone starts to gather loaves of bread, jam, tea, and sugar for the Christmas dinner.
On Christmas Eve, a fir tree is placed in the main room and decorated with colorful ornaments, mostly hand crafted. Gifts are then placed under the tree and a member of the family, one of the elders, is selected to be the “Santa” for the gift distribution on Christmas Day. Fathers give gifts to their children and wives, usually consisting of clothes and candy.
At the early morning church service on December 25th, the children, dressed in their best clothes, sing the songs that they have practiced for this special day.
Sometimes a feast is held for the members of the church. This meal is served at one home. The women take turns preparing the food so that they all have a chance to attend the service. It can consist of fresh roast ox or goat, cornmeal porridge, bread, jam, tea, and sugar. After the dinner, they all sit, relax, and sing gospel songs. The minister may even give an informal sermon to try to win more souls to Christ.
In many homes, members of the family gather from all over and the women prepare a huge afternoon Christmas feast. At noon, all gather around in the living room where prayers are recited and speeches are given. Then, “Santa” distributes the gifts under the tree and reads out messages for each person. When the meal is served, everyone sits at one huge table. Afterward, the children play while the adults relax, listen to music, and sometimes visit a neighbor to wish them joy.
There is a big difference in what people in the villages can afford for gifts and a Christmas dinner compared to the people who live in more populous areas.
As the sun goes down in the villages, herd boys return to their flocks and children play games around the fire. After the sun sinks in the west, Christmas is officially over.