Christmas in Liberia is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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Liberia has some interesting and unique Christmas traditions on the one hand, and on the other hand, the existence of Western Christmas traditions in Liberia causes it to differ from other African states that usually don’t do much with lights and gift-giving and Santa Claus.
Many attend a midnight mass or a nativity service on Christmas Eve. On Christmas itself, the family fun and partying begin. A strong influence from the USA has created a shopping spree just before Christmas in Liberia and added an element of commercialisation.
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