Liberia officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country in West Africa bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Côte d’Ivoire to its east. English is the official language and over thirty indigenous languages are also spoken within the country. Its coastline is composed mostly of mangroves, while its more sparsely populated inland consists of forests opening onto a plateau of drier grasslands. The climate is hot and equatorial, with significant rainfall during the May–October rainy season and harsh harmattan winds the remainder of the year. The country possesses about forty percent of the remaining Upper Guinean rainforest. The Capital and largest of Liberia is city Monrovia
Christmas is celebrated in Liberia. Christmas is a special time of the year in Liberia where the majority of people claim to be Christians (about 80%). On the west coast of Africa, in Liberia, most homes have an oil palm for a Christmas tree, which is decorated with bells. On Christmas morning, people are woken up by carols. Presents such as cotton cloth, soap, sweets, pencils, and books are exchanged. Also in the morning a church service is held in which the Christmas scene is enacted and hymns and carols are sung. Dinner is eaten outdoors with everyone sitting in a circle to share the meal of rice, beef and biscuits. Games are played in the afternoon, and at night fireworks light up the sky.
Church attendance is a priority and after the mass or Sunday service people spill out onto the roads in their Sunday finery, greeting friends, blessing each other, and searching for a taxi to get home. Christmas Day is spent with the family and people try to provide a nice meal and some small gifts for the children. Family time is very important and if at all possible, after the meal, they might go to the beach or try to find somewhere special to visit and pass the time. Interestingly, Christmas is not always celebrated on the 25th December. If, like this year, the 25th happens to fall on a Sunday then Liberians will celebrate Christmas on the public holiday.
Even though Christmas is a major religious celebration, just like in many developed countries, the joy of the Christmas Season has been compromised by consumerism and the focus on money. The RedLight market area may not be Woolworths or Marks and Spencer, but the stress for the shopper on the hunt for a bargain is the same the world round, and more so at Christmas.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!