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A young South African boy smiles at the camera


11 December 2018

In the four weeks running up to Christmas we are looking at a different country each week. You’ll get to find out how Christmas is celebrated in that part of the world and hear from some TWR listeners living there.

South Africa


Despite December temperatures of up to 40C, some people chose to observe Christmas traditions imported from the UK and US, including Christmas trees and snowman decorations. Most families cannot afford this, and in any case prefer their own cultural tradition of crafted bead decorations.



Many families chose a cold meal of salad and meat, followed by a Christmas tart or trifle. Families on tighter budgets may opt for a simpler meal of sausage and pap or ground maize.



Christmas Day services may last between 3 and 6 hours! They may feature colourful African dress, lots of singing and several different preachers.


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