Christmas Day Celebrations:
Friday 25 December, 2014
of the year is celebrated by both Christians (who are mostly Aku) and Muslims in Gambia and takes on many forms. This time of the year sees
a proliferation of traditional local masquerades & rites as well as Christian celebrations.
In the run up to the day
hotels and other accommodation
resorts put up decorations such as
lights, tinsel and holly as well as offering special dinner menus and
events. Many will hold a fireworks show on New Year's Eve as well.
A distinct characteristic of the Xmas festival in the
Kombos and Greater Banjul is the carnival of the
Fanal parades of small paper and bamboo
Other aspects of this time of the year will see the
emergence of various dance groups and acrobats such as the Wolof's
dancers, Mamapara (man on stilted legs), Kanirang, the Jola's
Kumpo. Another distinct feature of this time is
the appearance of the Mandinka Kankurang and the
Aku's parade of
Gesse masks and Hunting. They will often move
along the streets hoping for donations and often carry on their
displays well into the New Year.