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  AFRICAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS West and Central Africa is the world’s densest region when it comes to cultural diversity. This is slowly becoming clear when it comes to Christmas traditions. While new traditions spring up every year, the culture of Santa Claus has not threatened this rich variety. Perhaps someday, these traditions will make West Africa a holiday tourist attraction. Many Christmas traditions have their roots in pre Christian cultures like the masquerades in Sierra Leone and Nigeria.   EGYPT  Egyptian Orthodox Christians or Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January. According to their calendar it is the 29th day of the Coptic month of “Kiohk”...

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The History of African Textiles and Fabrics Many centuries ago, hair from animals was woven to insulate and protect homes. Hair, along with fibers from various plants and trees, were used to create bedding, blankets, clothing, and wall, window and door hangings.  As textiles became more sophisticated, they were also used as currency for trading. Many of the ancient designs and weaving methods are used today and remain an important part of African lifestyles. Weaving methods and fibers used today varies within the African continent. For instance, narrow strip weaving is used in West Africa and in the Democratic Republic...

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