Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The northeastern and eastern parts of Eritrea have an extensive coastline along the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The nation also includes the Dahlak Archipelago and several of the Hanish Islands.
Asmara is its capital and the largest city.
Christmas Celebrations in Eritrea :
In Eritrea the Geez calendar is the foundation of all Christian religious occasions like Christmas, Easter, Kudus Yohannes and others. In Eritrea, people celebrated Christmas on January 7.
During every religious holidays, people from different religions celebrate it equally by sending greetings of well wish to each other and extend their hands to the needy so that every one feels the joy of the day.
The new year begins from Meskerem first (September) and ends in the added five days of Pagumien and every month has 30 days. The Geez calendar adds a leap day every four years and that results alternate calculations in determining the date of the Annunciation of Jesus.
In Asmara, Christmas day is celebrated with special occasion. Prior to Christmas, people go for shopping for clothes, gifts and a whole lot of decorations to bring sparkle and light to their homes. Besides this, they also purchase a sheep or a goat, which is slaughtered as a mark of sacrifice.
The best part about Christmas in Eritrea is that families get together and have what ever is prepared for the day. After lunch, they sit around, enjoy a warm cup of coffee and talk about family affairs. Coffee is savored along with popcorn and Panettone, which is a home baked leavened bread. It is a time when families laugh and enjoy these memorable moments together. The Eritrean youngsters celebrate Christmas on 25 December. In this day they would be involved in partying, exchange of gifts, cards as well as celebration with family and friends.
We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Prosperous New Year 2017 !!!