Christmas in Botswana

Botswana, officially known as the Republic of Botswana, is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. Gaborone is the capital of this nation.

Botswana is bordered by Namibia to the north and west, South Africa to the south and southeast, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula, Zambia is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred meters long.

Christmas in Botswana

Christmas Celebrations in Botswana :

The Christmas Holiday season in Botswana is during the summertime when its hot, humid and rainy. However, it is a haven and paradise, as the landscape has virtually transformed from dry, infertile desert to robust, lush, productive, green forests and farms.

In Botswana Christmas is known as Keresemose – “khisimose in kalanga”. Christmas is celebrated on 25th December in Botswana just like all over the world. This Multi-faith Holy Day or Festival being held in Botswana, celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ as observed by the Western Christian Church. People celebrates a day of goodwill, a secular holiday and St. Stephen’s Day, a religious holiday, on the day after Christmas but for whatever reason it is a widely observed holiday.

On Christmas there are family gatherings, large feasts, gifts exchanged, and special services at the different denominations of churches. The extent of the celebration tends to last for weeks. It is the only time of year when urban dwellers have the opportunity to return to their rural homelands to visit their extended families, bringing clothes, food, and gifts. It is the season when crops must be planted or tended to, which limits many people having to stay in their villages. The village feasts consist of roasting whole goats or sheep over a fire, huge cauldrons of seswaa, peanut spinach, Mopane worms, mealies, tripe, butternut squash, porridge sweetened by watermelon and fruits such as mangos and bananas.

People living in Botswana also celebrate Boxing Day also known as St. Stephen’s Day on 26 December with great fun and zeal every year.

Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!