Christmas in Burundi: Celebrations in the Nearby Village of Kajaga-Kinyinya

Since I most likely will be unable to post a new Christmas Blog this year, what follows is last year’s Christmas Blog, Updated.

Reposted 17 Dec. 2013>

The village is about 15 minutes from Hotel Club du lac Tanganyika, and many of the residents work for the hotel.  Until this past year there was no electricity,  That has now changed.

In this Google map, the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika – shaped here as a ‘W’ and located at the end of the road, by the lake.  The village is located up the straight road and to the left.  To the left of the hotel is a large, double parcel, where I lived for about 7 years.  Very wonderful.  Then, due to sales, had to move further towards the village, up the road and to the left where there is a very large partially empty plot.

The hotel (with my technical assistance) organized a contract farming project in which villagers grew vegetables ordered by the hotel.  The project bypasses merchant middle-men and thus increases profits of the growers. These ladies are harvesting lenga-lenga (amaranth) that will go to the hotel.  Lenga-lenga is also a major staple of local folk, which is being collected for our Christmas celebration.

First task, is to select a goat for the Christmas feast. A little doe was donated from our herd (shown here).  Note the shape of the herd in movement – being led by a ‘chief” female goat.  Goat herds generally have a chief female goat, how she is selected by the members of the herd remains a mystery.

Off to be slaughtered and prepared

Preparing the goat for a stew with red peppers

Cassava (manioc) leaves are pounded into a paste with green peppers and some other ingredients to make sombé – a favorite vegetable

Palm oil nuts are collected  from one of the palm trees in the village, to make fresh palm oil for cooking the feast.  We have one palm oil tree now in the parcel and it is producing very nicely.

Cooking for a group is a shared activity – on charcoal burners

Banana beer has been made, and is enjoyed by guests

Children are washed up

Others enjoy Premus Beer while chatting

It is now against the law in Burundi to cut down trees for Christmas, and so a tree was made using palm fronds and banana leaves.  There is no electricy in the village, the lights on this tree were strung up just for decoration.

It is now against the law in Burundi to cut down trees for Christmas, and so a tree was made using palm fronds and banana leaves. There is no electricity in the village, the lights on this tree were strung up just for decoration.

After eating, more visiting with family members – here, grandfather with granddaughter

Women show off their new outfits

And Nona gives me a wonderful present… -

A jar of wild bee honey!! Delicious!  (This jar, replete with worker honeybee)

Sunset through the  palms, at home.

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A recent group photo at a training course for veterinarians and vet technicians here in Burundi. I discuss in French with some Kirundi and have also a Kirundi translator to help with technical aspects ... Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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3 Responses to Christmas in Burundi: Celebrations in the Nearby Village of Kajaga-Kinyinya

  1. Pingback: Christmas Celebrations at the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika | DIANABUJA'S BLOG: Africa, The Middle East, Agriculture, History and Culture

  2. ritaroberts says:

    Lovely post Diana, Everyone looks so happy and I like the way they all work together , with your help no doubt. I am also amazed at how well the people look. Do they have to go far to get medical help when needed.

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    • dianabuja says:

      Thanks, Rita – so happy that you enjoyed it! Actually, I think it might be the focus on hunger and war and pix thereof in Africa that flood the presses in Europe and N. America – that creates the impression of nothingness, though nothing can be further from the truth, as you can see here! Good blog topic…

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