Christmas in Senegal 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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Senegal is a nation that is 95 percent Muslim, and yet, much of the country celebrates Christmas along with the small Roman Catholic population. This is an oddity in the Muslim world, but it carries on traditions that have long held sway in Senegal.
On 25 December, you might see Muslims in Dakar, for example, draped with glittering tinsel and selling plastic Christmas trees. Santa Claus decorations may be seen dangling in workplaces, shops and neighbourhoods.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, many Christians in Senegal will attend Church services to be reminded of the significance of Christmas and thank God for sending his son Jesus to the world.
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