A special guest has come to the Janusz Korczak Kindergarten. Afeyhia Pa, he shouts in their loud voice, in the local Akan language it means Merry Christmas to everyone.
A warm December day, a veil of dust hangs over the village, successfully reminding us that harmattan (meaning the dry season) and Christmas celebrations are fast approaching. Bronya is the actual word for Christmas in Ghana, bringing a big smile to the faces of the children as they celebrate the day the loudest. It has been said that Christmas is for children because it is a time for presents, though it is rare for children in rural areas to get them. On Christmas Day, everyone puts on their festive clothes and goes to church for the Christmas service. Ghana lacks strong Christmas traditions. It is mostly associated with joy and dancing here. Families usually travel to visit their cousins in another part of the country but not everyone has the opportunity. The culmination of this day is a favorite meal, usually rice called Jollof with a boiled egg and a delicacy of well fried chicken or meat from a goat.