Five Parts of a Nigerian Christmas
Christmas is always a huge celebration for all Nigerians, irrespective of religious beliefs. Lots of parties on the days leading to Christmas, Carols in churches and other institutions, feasts, gift-giving, & high spirit celebrations abound all through the season. Some people travel home to their villages and the families who remain in town, come together to celebrate and have fun. However, there are certain things that are unique and have become a staple in Nigerian homes during the holiday. These are Five Parts of a Nigerian Christmas.
No matter the tribe, religion or social status, Nigerians will go all out to look their best for the holidays. They select the most gorgeous of all apparels to wear on the 25th of December, the day marked out to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Some families go all out to make Aso Ebi (same fabric designs) for every single member of the family. It all adds to the holiday fun and excitement. The key is to shop for your Christmas cloth early enough so you can avoid inflation of prices during this season. Take advantage of sales happening now to shop clothes & Shoes for your kids.
The importance of Christmas rice in Nigeria can NEVER be overstated. You hear friends, staff, basically, everybody you see on Christmas day will ask “Where is my Christmas rice?” or will set appointments to come for some food. While the rice is prepared in a variety of ways, the most legendary of them all is the Nigerian Jollof rice. It is customary that rice is available for guests when they come through on Christmas day. The rice can be combined with other appetizers or desserts, depending on what the family can afford. This is also the reason why most companies gift their staff rice and oil prior to the holiday.
Those things we always call knock-outs, yes the same ones you call Banger, the correct term for it is Firecracker or Fireworks. Disappointing right? knock out and bangers sound more interesting. Fireworks in Nigeria start as early as one full week before Christmas because the kids are out of school at this time. Smaller children tend to take advantage of the custom to play pranks on passersby, throwing the firecracker around them when they least suspect it. So if you’re in a new area, be on the lookout for those mischevious kids. Knock-outs are what makes the tradition so exciting.
Christmas tree and decorations
Nigerians, like most other countries of the world, go all out with Christmas decorations. Families put up Christmas trees in their homes and drape their windows with gold balls and strings of light. Major streets, offices and shopping malls also join in the holiday spirit with Christmas decors. Nigerians go further to exchange Christmas-themed cards with family members, friends, and colleagues.
Yes, we know his name is Santa Claus, but we are sticking with Father Christmas (you can’t take away everything from us). Just like Santa Claus, “Father Christmas” is expected to visit on Christmas day with gifts and goodie bags. The idea of “Santa” only started creeping into the country in recent time via foreign media and citizens who have migrated into the country. Now, the idea of ‘Secret Santa’ in offices and organizations have become a norm. People exchange gifts, write Santa lists and families take their children dressed in new outfits to see Santa Claus. This obviously is the second best thing about Christmas in Nigeria (nothing can take the place of Jollof Rice). No idea on gifts to give your friends? Phones, Fashion items, Perfumes, Toys (for the kids), Home appliances, these are just some options. You can visit Yudala for more genuine and pocket-friendly options.
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