As part of the Easter Around the World series, I decided to take a look at Easter in Nigeria. Unfortunately I had no luck finding books that included Easter celebrations in Nigeria. We did find several books about Nigeria and stories from Nigeria however. Hazel was very excited to read books about Nigeria since one of her good friends is from Nigeria. I also happen to be good friends with her mother so I asked her for help.
Nigeria is a country on the western coast of Africa. It is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh in the world. It has over 500 different ethnic groups and its population is about 40% Christian. Mostly it is Muslim in the north and Christian in the south. Its official language is English, and there are more than 500 different languages spoken there. In the north there are savannahs and in the south there are tropical rain forests. Nigeria has quite a mix of climates, people and cultures. (Source)
In Nigeria there are no Easter Bunny and egg hunts. Easter is a four day holiday starting on Good Friday and going through Easter Monday. The holiday is about the celebration of God's gift of washing away our sins and spending time with families.
|National Cathedral in Abuja, Nigeria By Moises.|
on [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
|Frejon -- a picture my friend sent me, but I think she got it from here.|
|Nigeria Reformed Church Onuenyim Iseke By E Kolk95 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
|Typical Easter Meal from Nigerian Food TV|
Easter seems to be very different in Nigeria from the United States. My friend did say that people who have lived other places where there is the Easter Bunny and egg hunts often still try to do that for their children in Nigeria. Be sure to check out our posts on Easter in Australia, Easter in Germany, Hungary Norway & Poland, Easter in the Philippines, Easter in France, Spain and Portugal, Easter in Ukraine and Russia, Easter in Ethiopia, Easter in Sweden, Easter in Guatemala, and my Easter Around the World Round-Up.
Explore the diverse traditions of Easter around the world with us, and don't miss our series from last year and this wonderful overview of global Easter traditions. You can also find these posts and more on our Easter Around the World Pinterest board: Follow Multicultural Kid Blogs's board Easter Around the World on Pinterest.
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