CHRISTMAS IN GHANA
In Ghana, on Africa's west coast, most churches herald the coming of Christmas by decorating the church and homes
beginning with the first week in Advent, four weeks before Christmas. This season happens to coincide with the cocoa
harvest, so it is a time of wealth. Everyone returns home from wherever they might be such as farms or mines.
On the eve of Christmas, children march up and down the streets singing Christmas Carols and shouting "Christ is
coming, Christ is coming! He is near!" in their language. In the evening, people flock to churches which have been
decorated with Christmas evergreens or palm trees massed with candles. Hymns are sung and Nativity plays are presented.
On Christmas Day, children and older people, representing the angels in the fields outside Bethlehem, go from
house to house singing. Another church service is held where they dress in their native attire or Western costumes.
Later on there is a feast of rice and yam paste called fufu with stew or okra soup, porridge and meats. Families eat
together or with close neighbors, and presents are given.
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