The holidays inspire sharing around the world. Rachel discovers that in Tanzania, no matter your religious background, the season is about celebrating and enjoying all that we have with others…

Giving and Gathering in Tanzania

My friend Dorocella says that everyday is like a holiday in Tanzania – it’s always summer and frequent gathering is part of the culture.

  • Around this time of year some celebrate Christmas and others celebrate Eid al-Adha.
  • Eid al-Adha is the Islamic festival of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It is about sacrifice, faith and honoring the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham).
  • Each Muslim family sacrifices a sheep or goat, which is divided into thirds. One-third remains with the family for a big family feast, another goes to family or friends and the final piece is given to the poor. This is such a great tradition of sharing.
  • The date of Eid al-Adha changes every year! Usually in October or November depending on the lunar calendar.
  • At the end of the day there is music and dancing.
  • Around this time of year Dorocella always got a new dress. She’s quite the snazzy dresser, so I’m sure this was her favorite part.
  • In Tanzania, you don’t only cook for your family, you cook for all your friends that pass through as well… which is often, so get crackin’.
  • If you celebrate Christmas there, you can gather at the church to see Father Christmas and the glorious tree.
  • Either way you celebrate the holidays, this season marks the time of year for kids to play, eat and dance the days away.