Primary 1 have been learning about how people celebrate Christmas in South Africa. Mrs Eloff, who comes from South Africa, was able to teach them how to sing Silent Night in Afrikaans.
South Africa at Christmas Time
Because South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the summer, so there are lots of sun and beautiful flowers in full bloom. The schools are closed for the Summer Holidays and people like to go camping or have a holiday at the seaside.
They enjoy Carols by candlelight services on Christmas Eve and attend a Christmas Service at church on Christmas morning before spending the day with family and friends.
A Christmas meal is often eaten outside in the summer sun. If it is really hot they might even have a barbecue or a ‘braai’.
South Africa has several UK Christmas traditions because of its history with the UK.
The Primary 1’s will be singing ‘Stille Nag’ which is Afrikaans for ‘Silent Night’. This is one of their 10 official languages that they speak.