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How is Easter celebrated in Africa?

Black History Quiz
How is Easter celebrated in Africa?
By Jim Stroud • Issue #95 • View online
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How is Easter celebrated in Africa?
Africa is a big continent. Its population as of 2016 was 1.2 billion. About 24% of Africa’s population practices Christianity and in the countries where the population of Christians is the majority, the Easter holidays are a big occasion on the calendar.
Easter in the African countries where Christians are the majority is celebrated with the following markers:
  1. National Holiday: Most of Africa celebrates Easter by declaring it a national holiday where people don’t report to work during this weekend. I found that for most businesses that work on Saturdays, they will allow their employees to take Friday and Monday Off but report to their work stations on Saturday.
  2. Church Attendance:  With religious Christians, attending church is an important part of celebrating Easter. Church services happen in the morning and before midday for most of the churches in my town.
  3. Parties: For those who are able to, Easter is marked with parties where people visit their friends and relatives and share a meal. The party may involve a barbeque. 
  4. Out of town Trips: Many of the city dwellers take advantage of the long weekend to plan a long trip away from the city. These may either be road trips or visits to relatives who were last seen during Christmas.
  5. Visiting Relatives: African families are really close-knit and visiting each other is a good way of maintaining this bond. Families would normally organize get-togethers where they get to interact and bond with.
Q: Is there an Easter Bunny in Africa?
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A: Is there an Easter Bunny in Africa? No.
Easter celebrations in Africa are quite similar to the ones in the west however, there are a number of key differences in the way Easter is celebrated in Africa vs the way it’s celebrated in the West. 
  1. No Easter Bunny: Unlike several Western countries Africa does not have the Easter Bunny as part of the Easter celebrations. 
  2. No hunting for Easter eggs:  in addition to Easter eggs are not normally part of Easter celebrations either and searching for them is not something that children do during this season.
  3. Not very commercialized: Although there will be a bit of gift-buying during this season, Easter is not very commercialized and is not marked by a lot of shopping in Africa.
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Jim Stroud

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