Zimbabwe officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest and Mozambique to the east.
The Capital and largest city of the country is Harare.
Christmas Celebrations in Zimbabwe :
Kisimusi, or Christmas is celebrated with great excitement and great enthusiasm by the residents of Zimbabwe. The festival falls in the summer season. Christmas is celebrated in a special manner in the city of Harare, Bulawayo, Chitungwiza and so on.
Starting weeks in advance, everyone starts to gather loaves of bread, fresh roast ox or goat, cornmeal porridge, jam, tea, and sugar for the Christmas dinner. On Christmas Eve, a fir tree is placed in the main room and decorated with colorful ornaments, mostly hand crafted. But the special food eaten at Christmas in Zimbabwe is Chicken with rice.
The Celebration of the festival of Christmas starts off in Zimbabwe with a church service that is accompanied by the Christmas carols and people in large numbers assemble at the church to be a part of this church service. After the church service the people visit their friends, relatives and close associates to wish each other. At every house you have something to eat, exchange presents and enjoy the party. Everyone wears their best clothes for Christmas, as for some families the only new clothes they get every year are for Christmas. Only the main room in the house is often decorated in Zimbabwe. Some Zimbabweans have a traditional ‘European’ Christmas Tree, but they decorate the room with plants like Ivy. Christmas Carols are sung during the Christmas Day morning service and in services leading up to Christmas. There are also sometimes Carols by Candlelight Services in city parks. The streets in the big cities also can have colorful Christmas lights.
Gifts are then placed under the tree and a member of the family, one of the elders, is selected to be the “Santa” for the gift distribution on Christmas Day. “Santa” distributes the gifts under the tree and reads out messages for each person. Actual Santa might sometimes arrive at big stores in a Fire Engine. The children of this country have been made to believe that Santa Claus brings gifts for them on the morning of Christmas Day , which they love to show to their friends.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2019 & Happy New Year 2020 !!!