Christmas in Africa: Village-Style in Burundi

Christmas in Burundi: Celebrations in the nearby village

Christmas Day 2011>

The village is about 15 minutes from Hotel Club du lac Tanganyika, and many of the residents work for the hotel. There is no electricity, but that should change in a few months.

In this Google map, the Hotel Club du Lac Tanganyika is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, and the village is located up the straight road and to the left

The hotel has organized a contract farming project in which villagers grow vegetables to order for the hotel, which bypasses merchant middle-men and thus increases profits of the growers. These ladies are harvesting amaranth that will go to the hotel.

First task, is to select a goat for the Christmas feast. A little doe was donated from our herd (shown here).

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.

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!

Sunset through the oil palms

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Picture from a recent training of veterinarians and vet technicians upcountry. I discuss in French with some Kirundi and have also a Kirundi translator to help with technical aspects ... Blog entries are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general, reflecting over 30 years of work and study in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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10 Responses to Christmas in Africa: Village-Style in Burundi

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  4. Thanks, Mike. Enjoyed the Christmas in Burundi pictures very much. After all that hard work and they still smile. Didn’t realize that it was that long ago that you were there.

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  5. manenomatamu says:

    Hi Diana!

    I really enjoyed your blog post and especially the pictures! It sounds like you had a lovely Christmas.

    Kind greetings from Kenya!!
    MM.

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  6. Thanks for your blog and photos. I was there 20 years ago for research and still miss it!

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    • dianabuja says:

      Thanks, Mike – were you in Bujumbura or elsewhere in the country? I see you’re on FB, and have friended you. What do you teach at Oklahoma?

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  7. Tilly Bud says:

    My husband used to travel on business to Burundi but he never got out of the cities much. Love the pics.

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