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Christmas celebration that happens on the 25th of December of every
year to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. Igbo people, being mostly
Christians are used to celebrating it in a big way and with an
extended family. Due to civilization and needs for survival, Igbo
people has outgrown Igbo land and migrated to cities of the world in
search of opportunities, SOMEONE ONCE SAID THERE IS NO COUNTRY OF THE
WORLD THAT YOU WILL NOT FIND AN IGBO MAN. During Christmas, Ndigbo, who
are mostly traders and entrepreneurs close down their shops or
factories for up to 2 or 4 weeks just to celebrate the Christmas and
New year. After home coming, what happens next is visitations and
people normally visit their relatives and friends who have equally
come back from foreign lands and they chat with each other in the
midst of drinks and food and of course, the man of the house will
present kolanut. The children often visit their uncles, relatives,
in-laws and big siblings and ask them to “gbaram Christmas” which
means to offer them a Christmas gift and in this case, it’s mostly a
cash. Most times important events are fixed to this period because
most people will be around then. Families intending to create a
marital relationship may use this homecoming opportunity to “knock on
the door” of their intended bride, a common practice in Igbo land used
to indicate interest in picking a wife from the visited
family.Traditional marriages, church harvests and bazaars are also
done during this period and it normally happens before Christmas since
they’d be a lot of guests and hence a lot of spending. You’ll need to
be outgoing to such public events because you’ll be able to catch up a
lot of old friends and even establish contacts there too.On Christmas
eve and Christmas day, the normal thing is going to church for
Christmas thanksgiving. It’s very important and marks the sort of
official Christmas celebration. One has to prepare for the mass or
service and worship God in spirit and truth. After church, people also
stay behind for a while to greet friends or make new friends before
heading home for more celebration. There is always a lot of cooking.
Cooks may be hired or the family may decide to cook themselves. They
may also be a family meeting to begin the day and this is normally
done in the obi with the head of the family leading first with a
prayer using kolanut and hot drink.On Christmas, people mostly eat at
home or at their relatives place and there is a lot of jubilation.
They may also be Christmas parties are family homes with some music
and enjoyment. There are also a lot of fireworks and knockouts used
during this time.After Christmas day, people who have just returned
home would love to take a trip around the village in their cars just
to see what they’ve missed. They may go to visit other relatives, town
hall and other public places in their home land. They may also walk
into the woods to spend a bit of time with nature, breathing the fresh
air and watching animals if any.There would also be town and village
meetings as well as Umunna(extended family) reunions during this
period and serious matters may be discussed or just a small party
held. Most Ndigbo spend both their Christmas and new year at their
traditional home lands and after that, they would start to go back to
their normal abodes in foreign lands.As Christmas celebration is
winding up, people start to get low on cash and people start to slowly
disappear to go back to their businesses. Christmas celebrations in
Igbo land are one of the things that bring life back to the land since
they’d be a lot of people coming home and making it lively.  HAPPY NEW
YEAR TO ALL MY FANS. Wish you all fruitful 2017The celebration begins
a few weeks before Christmas with Ndigbo living outside their
traditional Igbo land begin their homecoming while those at home
prepare to welcome them.

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