How to say “Merry Christmas” in Swahili

Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by the 350 million Christians in communities large and small.

While people still give gifts at Christmas, the holiday in Africa is not nearly as commercial as it is in Europe or the Americas. The emphasis is more on the religious aspect of celebrating the birth of Jesus and singing in church, than it is on gift giving.

For some communities, the most common gift bought at Christmas is a new set of clothes to be worn to the church service.

After attending church, celebrating Christmas dinner with friends and family is the most popular way of continuing the festivities, but whereas a turkey is the staple meal in Britain, in East Africa, you may well find yourself eating roasted goat instead.

But regardless of how you celebrate the day, if you want to wish your Kenyan family and friends Merry Christmas in Swahili, just say:

Kuwa na Krismasi njema