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Christmas In Nigeria Is A Family Event

Christmas in Nigeria is a family event, a time when many family members congregate to celebrate and have fun. Most families, who live in cities, travel to the villages where their grandparents and older relatives live.

Many different languages are spoken in Nigeria. In Hausa, Happy/Merry Christmas is ‘barka dà Kirsìmatì’; in Yoruba it’s ‘E ku odun, e ku iye’dun’; in Fulani it’s ‘Jabbama be salla Kirismati’; in Igbo (Ibo) ‘E keresimesi Oma’; in Ibibio ‘Idara ukapade isua’ and it’s Edo it’s ‘Ise-logbe’.

Happy/Merry Christmas in other languages.

Many families host Christmas parties that last all night long on Christmas Eve! Then, on Christmas morning, they go to church to give thanks to God. Homes and streets are often decorated, and most homes have an artificial Christmas tree.

Children love to play with firecrackers at Christmas. The church choir may visit the homes of its congregation to sing Christmas carols. Christmas cards are sent to friends and family, and presents are exchanged. It’s common to see children, dressed in their new outfits, going to see Santa Claus.

In addition to serving turkey, a traditional Christmas meal in Nigeria may include beef, goat, sheep, ram or chicken. Other dishes might include pounded yam, jollof-rice, fried rice, vegetable salad and a hot bowl of tasty stew.

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