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Tanzania

Christmas 2019 and 2020 in Tanzania

Christmas Day is an annual holiday in Tanzania, and many people celebrate Christmas by traveling back from the cities to the villages to spend time with their parents and grandparents. Road travel booms from around two weeks before 25 December.

YearDateDayHoliday
201925 DecWedChristmas Day
202025 DecFriChristmas Day

About three days before Christmas, people start decorating their homes. Many of the decorations are homemade and even made out of recycled bottles and other materials.

Then, on Christmas Eve, it’s time to slaughter the Christmas goat or cow and prepare for Christmas dinner. Locally brewed beer is then indulged in by some.

Children get new clothes every Christmas, and sometimes adults will wear new clothes too. Kids may get a few small, basic toys, but it’s the clothes that are looked forward to most.

On Christmas Day, most Christians attend church services, sing a lot of Christmas songs, and feast at home on spicy pilau dishes, which are a mix of rice and meat.