Christmas Traditions in Nigeria

Nigerians have special traditions with which to celebrate Christmas time.

One such tradition is that of decorating their homes (compounds) and churches with both woven and unwoven palm fronds. In Nigerian tradition, palm fronds signify peace. This is the peace that Christ’s birth brings.

Nigeria is a country rich in cultural plays. There are different plays to be performed at different occasions. In celebrating Christmas, the EKON play is used to entertain both young and old. The drama team dances from compound to compound with a ‘baby’ in hand signifying the new born baby Jesus, God’s gift to mankind. Admirers accept the baby doll and present gifts to the drama participants before handing the doll back over.