Mozambique’s population is 40% to 50% Christian, largely Roman Catholic and Methodist. Thus, Christmas is celebrated by much of the population. However, to accommodate the 15% to 20% of the people who are Muslim and those who hold to other traditions and faiths, 25 December is dubbed “Family Day” on the official public holidays calendar.
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Family is very big indeed among those keeping Christmas in Mozambique, and among those simply keeping “Family Day”. Most public events are low-key and held in Maputo, the nation’s capital city. But family get-togethers and festive meals, exchanging of gifts and decorating the home all take place.
There are also special church services, concerts with carol-singing, and some other celebratory events held all over the country.
Family, church, and community all take centre stage on 25 December in Mozambique. The celebrations are not nearly as commercialised as in many Western countries.