How Christmas Differs in Uganda From North America?

Women carrying baskets in Kampala

Women carrying baskets in Kampala

Yesterday we celebrated Christmas in Canada with my extended family. We are a huge bunch and usually number between 20-25 people on Christmas Day. We are Muslim’s but as we have lived in Canada since we left Uganda in 1972 we do celebrate but it’s not about shopping and spending huge amounts of money on things nobody really needs. We get together to celebrate family, love and giving to others.

Uganda is much like this and we have never left those values behind. Christmas in Uganda is very different - you don’t see people rushing crazing around shopping and spending huge amounts of money.

Christmas in Uganda is called Sekukkulu and is celebrated on December 25th just like here. Sekukkulu , the birth of Jesus Christ, begins on 24 December with a huge church service, singing Christmas carols, dancing and you can hear church bells all across the country. There are no Christmas lights or decorations in the streets or homes however Churches are well lit with Christmas lights and all kinds of decorations.

Children might receive small gifts but its’ more about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and the unit of the family.

I think we can all learn a thing or two from our Ugandan brothers and sisters - don’t you?