Christmas in Kenya : Shikuku in Kenya

Kenya officially the Republic of Kenya, is a sovereign state in East Africa. The capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east.

Christmas in Kenya

Christmas Celebrations in Kenya : 

The religious part of Christmas is stronger in Kenya, most people go to church this day. It’s customary to attend church on Christmas morning and everyone, especially the children, wears new clothes for the occasion. The churches are decorated so, the most used decorations in the country are flower, green plants, ribbons and ballons.

There aren’t too much pine trees in the country, so there aren’t so much Christmas trees, and these some are fake (from plastic) of course. Even where you can see a plastic tree, you will see a few plastic snow too. Houses are decorated with flowers and green plants. After going to church, the second important is to have a big dinner with family and friends, roasted goat meat must be eaten this evening. And giving gifts is just the third in Kenya.

Christmas in Kenya - Shikuku in Kenya

Missionary organizations provide special Christmas dinners in slum areas and at orphanages. In larger cities such as Nairobi, the commercial aspect of the season is making inroads. There you will find Father Christmas and his elves who are depicted by children from the area.

Often a group will go singing house to house, usually on Christmas eve in urban areas. The occupants of each house will give a gift of some kind (often money) to the singers, then on Christmas Day, the singers will present whatever was given to the church they attend.

Just before Christmas, markets such as the one on Jogo Road in Nairobi are filled with people buying and selling chickens, goat, pigs and various other foodstuffs for th holidays. Christmas dinner is often a barbecue with family members traveling from far away to be together again. In addition, neighbors drop in for a visit on Christmas day to sample the Christmas fare. A great deal of food is prepared including nyama choma, roasted meat, usually goat or beef and sometimes chicken. In addition there will be chapati, a fresh baked African flat bread. People living in the cities will also have a special Christmas cake; a treat that is not available in the villages.

Christmas celebrations are noticeable in larger cities of Kenya like Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisumu, etc

In Swahili (Language people speak in Kenya) people wish Merry Christmas saying Kuwa na Krismasi njema

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