South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It is bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; and to the east by Mozambique and Swaziland. Lesotho is an enclave surrounded by South African territory.
The Capital of this country is Pretoria, while Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Johannesburg are other large cities.
Christmas Celebrations in South Africa :
South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the summer. In December, the southern summer brings glorious days of sunshine that carry an irresistible invitation to the beaches, the rivers, and the shaded mountain slopes. Then the South African holiday season reaches its height. Schools are closed, and camping is the order of the day. In South Africa there is no snow, but it has many flowers, many beautiful varieties of cultivated and wild flowers being in their full pride. In the cities and towns carolers make their rounds on Christmas Eve. Church services are held on Christmas morning.
Christmas Eve celebrations in larger centers include “Carols by Candlelight” and special screen and floor shows. Homes are decorated with pine branches, and all have the decorated Christmas fir in a corner, with presents for the children around. At bedtime on Christmas Eve, children may also hang up their stockings for presents from Father Christmas. For many more, it is the traditional dinner of either turkey, roast beef, mince pies, or suckling pig, yellow rice with raisins, vegetables, and plum pudding, crackers, paper hats, and all. In the afternoon, families go out into the country and usually there are games or bathing in the warm sunshine, and then home in the cool of the evening.
It is a day of contradictions the windows are draped with sparkling cotton wool and tinsel, yet it is an out-of-door day when people go to the beaches, the rivers, and shaded mountain slopes. For native Africans, Christmas Day is a day of good eating and a lively exchange and enjoyment of gifts. The festival is a carnival-like week of singing, dancing and feasting. English-speaking children hang up their stockings, feeling certain Father Christmas will fill them with gifts and goodies. Carol singers make their rounds on Christmas Eve to celebrate “Carols by Candlelight.”
The Christmas meal is either turkey (or duck), roast beef, mince pies or suckling pig with yellow rice & raisins and vegetables, followed by Christmas Pudding or a traditional South African desert called Malva Pudding (Lekker Pudding) – get the recipe. People also like to pull Christmas Crackers! The meal is often eaten outside in the summer sun! If it’s really hot they might even have a barbecue or ‘braai’. South Africa laos has several other UK Christmas traditions, because of its history with the UK. On Christmas day afternoon, people visit family and friends or might go for a trip into the country side to play games or have a swim.
Merry Christmas in Afrikaans (South Africa) – Geseënde Kersfees
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!