Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Christmas Traditons in Cote D'Ivoire, Benin and Togo
Learning English in the Ghana MTC are two districts. One group is from Madagascar and the other from Cote d'Ivoire. What is Christmas like in Cote d'Ivoire or in Benin, where some of them come from.
In Côte d’Ivoire and Benin, like in Ghana, Christmas celebrations mostly focus on the religious aspects of the holiday. The commercialization is often absent.
The Ivorian Christmas is described as “discrete” by rural church representatives. Midnight Mass is central to the Christmas celebration, and those who can afford to gather family for a holiday feast.
Religious sermons dominate Christmas celebrations in Benin. Some villages include dancing and masquerade parties similar to Nigeria.
Over 40% of the people in Togo are Christians. French Christmas traditions are common. Unlike other West African countries, Santa Claus and Christmas trees have become part of tradition. Only Christmas dishes remain Togolese.