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For those spending their first Christmas in South Africa, here is our guide to the festive season - South African style.

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Although Christmas in South Africa is has marked differences from Christmas in the rest of the world, the actual celebrations and festive spirit are pretty similar.

One major difference is that in South Africa Christmas is celebrated in the middle of summer. Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and everything is alive. All that vitality is brought to life even more by the festive mood of the people. The decorations, markets, carolers and Christmas dinner (which in South Africa is more of an outdoor lunch) help you get into the Christmas spirit.

Just like any other place in the world, the annual preparations for the celebration of Christmas begin way in advance. You will find schools empty. Shops and business institutions post notes on their doors saying "We are closed for the holidays". Some businesses are closed for the whole month of December.

South Africa is a country with a great affinity for outdoor activities, so it's no surprise that thousands of people celebrate the holiday season with visits to Kruger National Park and other nature reserves all in the country including beach areas.

In South Africa there is no snow at Christmas time, so locals can only dream of a 'white Christmas'. In exchange, the joy of the season is expressed by the countless varieties of cultivated and wild flowers blooming in their full glory.

In the cities and towns, carolers make their rounds on Christmas Eve. Church services are held on Christmas morning. Christmas Eve celebrations in larger centers include "Carols by Candlelight" and special screen and floor shows. Visit these websites for events in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

Homes are decorated with pine branches and most families set up a decorated Christmas tree in a corner, surrounded by gifts for the children. Christmas Day is a day of good eating, with a lively exchange and enjoyment of gifts. Plum pudding, mince pies, vegetables, turkey, yellow rice, roast beef and other like slaughtering of goats, cows, sheep, pigs and chickens as part of festive dishes add an authentic touch to the celebration…Braai. The festival is a carnival-like week of singing, dancing and feasting. English-speaking children hang up their stockings for Father Christmas to fill up with goodies.

A church service is held on Christmas day everyone is dressed for the occasion. Later on, there is a feast and families eat together or with close nieghbours, friends and gifts are given, it could be lunch or dinner is eaten outdoors, with everyone sitting in a circle, to share a meal of rice, beef and biscuits

So, Merry Christmas to all and don`t forget to be good for the rest of the year!



CB Lloyd

Sources:  
www.sa-venues.com/events/southafrica/christmas-day/ 

IPID BOSS MCBRIDE 'PASSES' LIE DETECTOR TEST

 

Robert McBride challenged Prince Mokotedi to a lie detector test after hearing the Gauteng Hawks boss had laid a number charges, including treason, against him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clement Manyathela


JOHANNESBURG - Ipid head Robert McBride has passed his lie detector test confirming he was being truthful when he denied any knowledge of Gauteng Hawks boss Major General Prince Mokotedi’s allegations.

McBride challenged Mokotedi to a lie detector test after hearing the Gauteng Hawks boss had laid charges of treason, espionage, conspiracy to commit murder, corruption, intimidation and harassment, defeating the ends of justice and tax evasion against him.

After initially agreeing to do the polygraph, the Hawks boss pulled out, saying that following legal opinion he had been advised that his participation would not serve any legal purpose and would unsettle the network of sources and informers.

Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini confirmed the results of the test.

"The result has come out and has confirmed that Mr McBride told the truth and that he doesn't know anything about the conspiracy and his view that the whole thing has been made up by General Mokotedi and more particularly the Hawks."
 

Source: EWN

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