Christmas in Dominica 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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In Dominica, you will notice plenty of cultural influences from the US, UK, France, Spain, and other lands as to how Christmas is celebrated. But for all that, it’s amazing how unique the “Christmas habits” of Dominicans are.
For example, just before Christmas Day, you are supposed to clean your house top to bottom. That means renovate and refurbish, not just sweep the floor! Colourful clothes and blinking lights then decorate the squeaky clean house, along with a Christmas tree of course!
People almost always wait until Christmas Eve to do most of their Christmas shopping. The crowded streets and stores and meeting friends and neighbours who are also out shopping is part of the ambiance. Stores stay open a bit later to accommodate the rush, but by 10pm, the streets are empty. Everyone is at home celebrating or preparing to do so. Except that some go to midnight mass on Christmas Eve and then get back early Christmas morning for the bulk of their celebrations.
Christmas dinner is rich indeed. Some common components of the feast include smoked ham, soup. salad, fruit cakes, black pudding, pies, sweets, rum, and ginger beer. On Boxing Day, there is often a family picnic, and many go out visiting friends and relatives or on other excursions.
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