Africa during the holidays!

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Africa is an incredibly diverse country, with religions ranging from Christianity to Islam, and with that comes all their traditional holidays. Approximately 350 million people in Africa are Christian, and they spread throughout the continent, each with their own traditions when it comes to Christmas. Here’s how a few countries celebrate! Ethiopia celebrates on January 7th with fasting throughout the beginning of the day and then followed by Church services. They enjoy a feast in the evening with their family and friends. Ghana starts celebrating the first day of December, and the culmination of their celebrations on Christmas Day end […]

Happy Holidays from Europe!

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The Christian holiday season in Europe is very similar to the United States.  Although they celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve just like we do, there are a few differences.  Select countries in Europe celebrate Boxing Day, Second Day of Christmas and St. Sylvester’s Day as well. Boxing Day (December 26th) originated in the UK during the Middle Ages. Alms boxes kept in churches were opened up and the coins inside were given to poor people.  Servants were traditionally given the day off to celebrate Christmas with their families.  Today, Boxing Day is a public […]

Happy Holidays from Asia!

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Welcome to December! Happy Holidays! This month on A Better Bag of Groceries we are going to be talking about holidays celebrated all over the world in the month of December. First up is Asia, Tara will then cover Europe, Amanda wants to talk about Africa, and then back to me for South America. We hope to enlighten you to some new cultures, customs, and recipes to try! First up is Asia. With so many countries making up the continent of Asia, I’m going to focus on a few select holidays. Omisoka – Omisoka is Japan’s New Year’s Eve celebration. […]