The Holidays in Kenya

The vast majority of Kenyans are Christian, and Christmas is celebrated in a variety of ways throughout the country. As Kenya continues to modernize, urban populations swell at the expense of rural farm lands. This exodus of rural to urban is reversed during the Christmas holiday, as family and friends gather at their place of birth to celebrate the holiday. Houses and churches are decorated with balloons, flowers and green leaves, while storefronts in the larger towns are bathed in fake snow. If parents can afford gifts for their children, it will often be practical items like books or a new outfit for attending church. Friends and family gather on December 24th, attend a mass later in the evening, then BBQ and begin the dancing, singing, and libations. Families near a beach often celebrate Christmas with a BBQ on the beach and roast a goat.