The official language of Madagascar is Malagasy. 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year' in Malagasy is 'Mirary Krismasy sambatra sy Taona vaovao tonga lafatra ho anao'.
Most Malagasy's only exchange small presents. In Madagascar, Santa Claus is called 'Dadabe Noely'.
Most people go to Church on Christmas Eve in Madagascar. The services start about 5:00 p.m. and lasts until after midnight! Different groups in the Church, especially children, perform songs and plays celebrating the birth of Jesus. People also go to Church on Christmas Day as well.
After the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service, churches give out sweets or biscuits to the people in the Church.