Christmas In Madagascar

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Merry Christmas

In Madagascar, they say merry Christmas like this “Arahaba Tratry Ny Noely.”

Traditional Christmas Foods in Madagascar

The people in Madagascar eat foods at Christmas like, chicken or pork with rice followed by a special cake. Some rich people usually go out to restaurants for Christmas dinner, but most people stay home with their families. A special Christmas food in Madagascar is fresh leeches. Leeches are bought from shops and street sellers.

The Symbol of Santa

Santa is the main symbol of Christmas in Madagascar. Santa is known to be “Dadabe Noely.” It means grandfather Christmas and signifies the essence of the festival. He wears a red suit edged with white fur like our Santa. He’s thin and doesn’t bring toys; he brings hard candy for all of the good boys and the girls.
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Other Symbols That Represent Christmas in Madagascar

There is more than one symbol in Madagascar like Poinsettias, Holly, Robins, and Snow.

Decorations Used at Christmas

It is very warm or hot during Christmas time in Madagascar. Even though it is hot, common decorations include holly,robins, and snow,even though none of them exist in Madagascar!

Christmas Traditions

In Madagascar, most of the youth groups will rehearse Christmas songs almost every weekend so that on Christmas day they sing well or another other day in December. They also like to go to church on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. They mostly like to give each other Christmas gifts to each other.

Many Months of the Christmas Celebration

The Christmas celebration lasts for many months in Madagascar. It lasts from December through March.That is longer than our Christmas celebration.Ours is just one day.That is pretty long if you ask me!

Why Madagascar Celebrate Christmas

Madagascar celebrates Christmas by celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas day and Christmas Eve.

Music is Part of Christmas in Madagascar

Yes, music is part of Christmas in Madagascar. They sing Christmas carols, perform songs, and perform plays on Christmas eve and Christmas day.

The People In Madagascar Leaving Goodies for Their Santa

Well, in Madagascar they do not leave Santa anything for Christmas.

Snow in Madagascar at Christmas

There is not snow in Madagascar because they have Christmas in the summer when it is hot ,so that is why they don’t have snow at Christmas in Madagascar.

Exchanging Gifts in Madagascar

In Madagascar, they do exchange gifts ,but maybe small gifts because of the poor families.The parents give the children gifts like new clothes ,but the poor families can’t afford them so, they would do without it.

Putting Up the Christmas Tree

Another custom is the walking around the Christmas tree. If possible, a pine tree will be right in the front area of the church, so that all the people can see. Colorful ribbon or other decorations, small electric lights, and cut-out pictures will give the tree a beautiful appearance.
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Playing Games at Christmas Time

Well, they don’t play games in Madagascar. They share gifts, attend church services, eat dinner with family members, engage in festivities, and pay a visit to the less privileged.

Santa Comes Down the Chimney for Christmas

The Santa in Madagascar doesn’t come down the chimney, well I don’t think he does because, I can not find anything about it.

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