Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Around the World: South Africa

Two of YJI's writers in South Africa, Nicole Megan Gounder in the Durban area and Mariechen Puchert in Eastern Cape, wrote last year about what Christmas is like in their families and in their country. In the spirit of the season and in a look at Christmas around the world, we bring them back for readers. The photo below is one Mariechen took of African beadwork in a mall in Eastern Cape.

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December 21, 2009
Sandy beaches, Xhosa customs
By Mariechen Puchert
EAST LONDON, Eastern Cape, South Africa – As a country with 11 official languages and citizens from all walks of life, South Africa can hardly be described in a sentence.
It would be even more difficult to describe Christmas and the festive season in this country with several cultures, traditions and religions.
South Africa is in the Southern hemisphere, and thus Christmas occurs in the very heat of summer. It coincides with the summer holidays of scholars and students.
During the festive season, it becomes an imperative for South Africans to visit the beach.  Read the rest of what Mariechen wrote here

 December 21, 2009
Love, laughter and a loud Christmas
By Nicole Megan Gounder
MEREBANK, South Africa –‘Tis the season to be jolly at last. Christmas is finally here.
Every family has special traditions that are passed on from generation to generation. In my household, Christmas is the most anticipated holiday of the year.
We set aside Dec.1 mainly for putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, and turning on the Christmas lights. A tape or CD of carols plays in the background, while my brother and I jokingly fight over whose side of the Christmas tree looks better. Read Nicole's whole piece here.

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