How will you be spending Christmas this year?
All around the globe, people experience their own winter festivities and unique traditions for the Christmas period. We have found out a little more about how people celebrate the season in Cuba and Cameroon - two of the countries which have inspired the current Kouamo collections.
In Cameroon, Christmas is during the dry season and in the heat of the coffee and peanut harvest. Traditions have been heavily influenced by colonisation and French culture. Initially it was a purely religious celebration with Christian’s attending a midnight mass to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Today, it is a much celebrated holiday - people dress in their best clothes and there is much singing at church. People often visit family, decorate their homes and exchange gifts.
All of the children in the house place slippers under a tree and, despite the hot weather, families follow the French tradition of sharing a ‘Buche de Noel’ cake.This sweet roulade or sponge cake is formed to look like a miniature yule log and is a luxurious item for an average Cameroonian family.
Before Christmas or ‘Nochebuena’ was banned in Cuba in 1969, it was a two week festivity where families would visit and share a special ‘Cena de Navidad’ meal on 24 December and a celebrate the Epiphany on 6 January. Traditionally pig was slow roasted over a pit and marinated with onions garlic and sour orange, then served with plantain, black beans, rice and Cuban bread. Christmas dinner ended by drinking wine and attending mass. This celebration was drawn to a close after the revolution as Fidel Castro felt the holiday was interfering with the production of sugarcane, one of the main exports of the island. In 1997, during the visit of Pope John Paul II, the holiday was officially restored again.
Churches now ring their bells, however on the whole it is still business as usual in modern day Cuba during the Christmas period.
And what are your traditions? We are curious to know what you are up to for Christmas..
Share them with us until the 25th December in the comment box below and you will enter automatically our draw to win one of our beautiful fabric journals. Winners will be announced on our next newsletter and will be contacted by email. We can't wait to read all your stories!!