Christmas in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo sometimes referred to as DR Congo, Congo-Kinshasa or the DRC, is a country located in central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world, the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.

Christmas in Democratic Republic of Congo

Christmas Celebrations in Democratic Republic of the Congo :

Democratic Republic of the Congo has the second-highest total Christian population in Africa. Christmas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is more of a religious festival than being commercial.

Christmas Eve is very important with Churches having big musical evenings and a nativity play. These plays last a very long time. They start at the beginning of the evening with the creation and the Garden of Eden and end with the story of King Herod killing the baby boys. People taking part in the play really like to show off their ‘best’ acting skills and tend to go over the top and ‘ham it up’. King Herod and the soldiers are often figures of fun (like pantomime ‘baddies’) and Mary is often well advanced in labour before she arrives.

Christmas in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The birth of Jesus is timed to happen as close to midnight as possible and after that come the shepherds, the wise men and the slaughter of the innocents. This means the play normally finishes late night. However, in some places there will be further singing until dawn! The Christmas day service then starts at early in the morning with lots more singing. On Christmas day, most families try to have a better meal than usual. If they can afford it, they will have some meat. The rest of the day is spent quite quietly, maybe sleeping after a busy and late night on Christmas Eve.

People living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo speek Lingala language and some other African countries.

In The Democratic Republic of the Congo Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘Mbotama Malamu’.

We wish all Readers Merry Christmas 2017 & Prosperous New Year 2018 !!!