Alive challenge day 176 how Christmas is celebrated in Nigeria

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How Is Christmas Celebrated In Nigeria?
Observed on December 25 every year, Christmas in Nigeria is at once both a religious and cultural celebration among millions of adherents in the country. The period before, during and after Christmas Day is marked by conviviality, merriment, wining and dining.

The dominant activities during the festivity in Nigeria include eating traditional cuisine, sharing of gifts and cards as well as visiting friends, family, and places of interest.

Christmas in Nigeria
In Nigeria, the Christmas celebration receives substantial influence and coloration from the indisputable Nigerian spirit. With over half of her population bearing allegiance to the Christian faith and residing mainly in the south, Christmas is a big deal in Nigeria. So much so that individuals begin to make plans for celebrating Christmas, right from the beginning of the year!
Nigerians have a unique perspective of Christmas. This shows in the ways and manners in which the average Nigerian celebrates the festivity. You will sense the palpable tension and energy in the atmosphere, you will notice the preparations and activity, and you will come to grips with Christmas from a Nigerian perspective:

Mind the Economy

The economic situation just before the start of the festivities will determine, to a large extent, how Christmas is celebrated in Nigeria. Has the year been kind to both business people and those gainfully employed? Then expect collective energy and passion. Shopping, traveling and other associated activities gather momentum and reach a crescendo during and after Christmas across most parts of Nigeria.

However, if there are economic headwinds, expect to meet a people who become prudent managers of resources. Spending and other activities undergo censorship, with a hopeful eye on the New Year. You will encounter somber commentary from business people and sellers, who will complain of a lull in consumer spending and how the old Christmas celebrations were better.

Aunty/Uncle “Do Christmas for Me”

Christmas in Nigeria
Once the economic indices are favorable, expect to meet Nigerians with disposable spending power. Chances are that you will encounter the words- “Aunty/Uncle, come do Christmas for me”, a local parlance soliciting assistance, financial or otherwise, in marking the festivities. You would be wrong to think that only children would engage in this; in reality, anybody could ask for assistance, especially when the person being solicited is perceived to be at the upper rungs of the economic ladder.

So from schools to offices and banks, the general perception is that Christmas is a period to lend a helping hand to less fortunate people.

Rise of Seasonal Businesses

As the festivities draw near, you should expect to see business people seize the opportunity to set-up ventures that meet the needs, wants and demands of Nigerians for celebrating Christmas.

Christmas in Nigeria
Streets that were once quiet and ‘fallow’, suddenly turn to shopping centers. You can expect a host of businesses offering foodstuff and livestock, drinks, clothes, shoes, firecrackers among other items.

These businesses take advantage of the tendency of people to engage in last minute-shopping sprees and also provide for contingencies during and after the holidays.

Heavy Vehicular Movement of People and Goods

You will find that Nigerians are some of the most boisterous people on earth. This energy comes to life at Christmas. The festivity serves as the perfect opportunity for people to embark on trips and excursions.

At Christmas, Nigerians in diaspora return home to felicitate with friends and family. For others, it a time to return to villages and hamlets, away from their businesses/jobs. Overall, expect a lot of traffic in persons and goods. The law enforcement agencies usually have their hands full, ensuring that lives and properties are not lost during the yuletide.

PRE-Holiday Shopping

This point is linked to the economic realities of the time. With enough cash to spare, many Nigerians adroitly plan to shop and stock up for Christmas well before the festivities commence.

The mindset dwells on avoiding opportunistic traders who hike prices of goods and services during the Christmas festivities.

An unwritten rule ensures the purchase of non-perishables like canned tomatoes, groundnut oil, rice, beans and other grains in good time, usually from mid-October to early November. For perishable items like fresh tomatoes, turkey, chicken, fish etc, Nigerians may take a number of ingenious options. These options include investing in personal or group rearing of these animals or buying these as part of a collective.

Use of Firecrackers and ‘Bangers’

Christmas in Nigeria
What is Christmas in Nigeria without the use of these popular incendiary objects? Firecrackers and bangers have proven invaluable partners in helping Nigerians celebrate the Yuletide. For one, they are loud and colorful, enhancing the mood and conviviality of the season. Firecrackers are loved by children and adults alike, so sellers experience huge patronage during Christmas.

However, there has been a lull in the use of bangers, especially with the rise of security challenges across Nigeria in recent times.

Staging of Christmas Concerts and Carols

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, Nigerians engage in traditional Yuletide practices, these include the staging of carols, nativities and choir concerts.

Although there are denominations cutting across Catholics, Anglicans, Protestants and the fire-brand Pentecostals, all seem to agree on performing ceremonies depicting the nativity of Jesus.

At these events, you will find Nigerians decked in bright local and foreign clothing, amidst well-decorated cathedrals and auditoriums.

Visits to Beaches and Other Places of Interest
Relaxation centers like beaches, cinema houses, hotels and resort centers usually experience increased patronage during Christmas. Nigerians use the yuletide to unwind and relax in the company of friends and family.

These venues offer attractive packages for personal, group and family visits and vacations, with discounts and value-added services for the period.

Christmas Cuisine

The official Christmas cuisine comprises Rice (served as a combination of white rice with stew, jollof rice, and fried rice or coconut rice) along with the fabled Christmas Chicken or Turkey. It should be noted that rice is common to many Nigerian homes.
Nigerian Food jollof rice
At Christmas, meals assume added significance due to elaborate preparations that go into making it.

Goat meat is a veritable option, as well as fish, shrimps, lobsters, crabs, and pork. Popular drinks served with these meals include choice wines, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks for children. It’s not new to see men sitting together to drink locally made beverages, all for Christmas.
Happy Christmas in advance the joy and the season shall be ours stay safe and

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@tobywalter thanks for the information shared and you are much correct.
I remember when was small i do say those words Uncle & Aunty come and do Christmas for me. Tha time they will give us money then and now its our turn to do that for the younger ones
Thanks for that stay safe and alive

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Every celebration, whether religious or cultural, has an impact on the country's economy. Like the Christmas celebration, during the Eid festival of the Muslim, every Muslim country get some positive impact on their economy. Businessmen of various kind target these festivals to boost their business.

Thanks for sharing this post, which IMHO, a quite long one :)

I really appreciate your contribution dear friend @hafiz34

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@tobywalter, merry christmas to you.
Yes, festivity brings good vibes in the community as it brings joy, good business and lots of traffic.
Its been celebrated by almost everyone in different cultures, in there own way.

A good interesting post, thanks for sharing

Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

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Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts @tobywalter
Merry Christmas 🎄 you you and your family.
May the next year bring prosperity and health to everyone.
Christmas is such a lovely time for everyone. Meeting friends and family, dining with together. It’s just magical 🧙‍♀️

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Oga, do Christmas for me sha...make I hail you till next year. Even though there’s economic struggles all over, we hope for a good Christmas

Boss which state you day I day on a low key have a merry Christmas 🎄 🎅 in advance

Adey Ghana. Merry Christmas

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Very congratulations @tobywalter.
I like your crown.
I wish you happy Christmas. Looks like the excitements level is equally there.
Have a safe Christmas.

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hello dear friend @tobywalter good day
I appreciate with all my heart that you have taught us the customs of your land, how they spend and celebrate Christmas
I take this opportunity to wish you a happy good night and a merry Christmas

Thanks for reading and comment you have been a good friend @jlufer

I will be inviting you soon dear friend @jlufer

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Congratulations to my self @tobywalter for being the highlight of the day, believe in your self and there will be no limits to what I can achieve,
Merry Christmas 🎄 🎅 advance
Stay safe

Great to see you alive and well @tobywalter, and thanks a lot for sharing this interesting information of how Christmas is celebrated in Nigeria, and I also wish you a Merry Christmas and stay safe, awesome and alive.



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