Christmas in Anguilla is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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Anguilla is a very interesting place to spend Christmas. The holiday traditions here are refreshingly unique compared to most other lands.
You know that Christmas is approaching when you start hearing the carols and songs on the radio, particularly the local favourite called “Momma make a Johnny Cake”. When Christmas finally arrives, eating Johnny cakes will be a treat. But roast turkey, ham, fish dishes, macaroni pies, rice, and sweet potato pudding are also important seasonal treats. And many wash it down with wine and enjoy pound cake or black cake, which is made with rum, for dessert.
One of the biggest public events for Christmas in Anguilla is the tree-lighting ceremony in The Valley. The mahogany-tree lined avenue is decked out with a stunning light display. On 26 December, everyone eats leftover Christmas food for Boxing Day, hits the beaches, and relaxes to prepare for a return to work.