Christmas in Zambia 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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Zambia is a very religious nation when it comes to keeping Christmas. The majority of the country is Christian, and the most important thing people do on Christmas Day is go to church to celebrate Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago. Most churches will be decorated with a nativity scene inside and some will put on a nativity play.
Children often bring a gift to church which they donate to kids in hospitals so they can “have a Christmas too”. They also go out Christmas carolling a couple of days before Christmas Day and give any donations they collect to charity. Thus, children are taught early in Zambia to view Christmas as a time to give instead of just a time to receive.