As the month of November drew to a close with Christmas around the corner, Ghanaians were already getting into that Christmas-like mood where things feel laid back and slightly festive. Now December is here, and YEN.com.gh put together a list of six things that help make a Ghanaian Christmas season complete.
Like in many other countries, fire crackers are definitely something you can expect a lot of during the Christmas season in most of the month of December, all the way up to new year's eve.
Home or the hometown
As Christmas draws nearer many Ghanaians tend to pack up their bags, and head home. In this case not just home as in where they sleep everyday, but rather where the family is. Mother, father, brothers, sisters and, or the extended family. Christmas is a very family oriented time in Ghana, and many choose to make the journey's back to their respective hometowns to spend it with their relatives.
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Although we [obviously] can't say that everyone in Ghana goes to church, it goes without saying that a good deal of Ghanaians are Christians, even though they're not all practicing ones. Although with Christmas marking the birth of Christ himself, even Christians who hadn't set foot in church throughout the entire year make an appearance in the house of God.
:Though slightly in decline now, these merry - and sometimes creepy - masked men take over the streets of Accra and entertain the young and old during the festive season. All they ask for is a small financial contribution in return for putting a smile on your face.
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Just as the Christmas atmosphere isn't quite complete without snow in other countries, in Ghana it's hard to get the "Christmas feeling" when the dry, dusty Harmattan weather phenomenon hasn't properly set in.
Afishiapa: the season's greeting
Everyone knows what Merry Christmas means, although in Ghana we have our own way of greeting someone during the festive season, and that's "Afishiapa". It's when one starts to hear this greeting being used during the last month of the year that one knows that Christmas in here.
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