Christmas in Ghana:
Ghana celebrates Christmas by having people from various localities, mainly young boys, dress in fancy and colorful costumes and dance on the main streets of towns and cities to the tune of brass band music. Large crowds fill the streets to observe the celebration.
People in Ghana celebrate Christmas from the 20th of December to the first week in January with lots of different activities. Many people travel to visit their relatives and friends in other parts of the country. Over 66 languages are spoken in Ghana and all these language groups have their own traditions and customs.
December is also the start of the cocoa harvest (the bean that make chocolate) in Ghana. Ghana is the worlds second biggest cocoa producer. I really like some fair-trade chocolate that’s made with cocoa from Ghana!During the Christmas period children’s parties, employees’ end of year parties, etc. are mostly celebrated in the hotels, at the beaches, school parks and community centers with good wishes for all people on earth
This art of masquerading was imported from Brazil and has been associated with the Fante communities in Ghana. It is found mainly in Central Ghana and parts of the western regions of the country. Sometimes the masqueraders even enter people’s homes. In the joyous spirit of Christmas, families join in and also dance to the music. Gifts of money, food, and drinks are given to the masqueraders.
When Santa Claus is mentioned, a bearded man in red and white costume riding on a reindeer distributing gifts to children in the Western Countries, readily comes to mind. When Nicholaus is mentioned, a white bearded who puts confectionery in the boots for little children on December 6 in Germany is what people know. Not to mention the Christmas tree and gifts that shared during the season in most parts of the world
Christmas is not the same for a Ghanaian without attending church services. This is not shocking because about 71.2 % of the population are Christians. Churches take opportunity of the holiday season to organize retreats and special prayer services for members. Children are exceptionally excited during this season because they get to wear new clothes, shoes and watches to church.
SO IN THIS WAY PEOPLE OF GHANA CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH THEIR OWN TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS……….
………………..WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS………………..