Christmas in Tanzania

 

Tanzania, officially known as United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south and Indian Ocean to the east.

Dodoma is the capital and Dar es Salaam is the largest city of Tanzania.

Christmas in Tanzania

 

Christmas Celebrations in Tanzania :

Tanzania is a predominantly Christian country, with a large Muslim minority. Around 61.4 percent of population are Christians, 35.2 percent are Muslim, 1.8 percent to follow traditional African religions, 1.4 percent to be unaffiliated, and 0.1 percent are Hindus.

The level of poverty in Tanzania is high hence Christmas celebrations are not grand in Tanzania.

Here you will not find big commercial build up of Christmas, nor will you find other Christmas traditions like gift-giving, christmas toys, etc. Families that can afford to buy clothing will buy a set of clothing for their children.

Most of the people go to church on Christmas morning and usually gets home from the service at lunch time.

During Christmas people have a dish of ugali (corn mush) or rice and if they can afford they have meat of some sort- usually chicken or fish.

Christmas in Tanzania

On Christmas you can see Santa Claus on streets bringing smiles on faces of small children.

In Tanzania, Christmas is the season to visit relatives far and close. As for Christians, many get married during Christmastime. Other church events, such as public declarations of Christian faith, also called confirmations or first communions, take place around Christmas.

Some events taking place on Christmas day include various singing, dancing, drama, radio presentations, etc.

We wish all readers Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year 2018 !!!