After his morning prayers at the mosque, 25-year-old Mamadou Aliou Ba puts on his Santa suit, the padded belly protruding from his thin, tall frame, and goes to work. He stands proudly, smiling from behind a snowy white mustache and beard that take over his face, waving to families walking by the supermarket in one of Dakar's wealthier neighborhoods.
Ba is one of many Pere Noels, or Father Christmases, seen in Senegal's capital this festive season. He, like the majority of Senegalese, is Muslim and yet celebrates Christmas. "Everyone, Christians and Muslims, celebrate Christmas here," he said, holding up a small bag of candies he gives out as gifts. "I like to do this work,"
Christmas season hits.... Saudi Arabia...
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — It’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas in Saudi Arabia, where Islam is the only accepted religion and non-Muslim religious activities are banned in public.
Turkeys lie in deep freezers under shelves loaded with pumpkin pie spices, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix and tinned sweet potatoes. Yule log-shaped cakes sit in patisserie cases; a couple of bare, plastic Christmas trees stand in a boutique window; and gift wraps and glittering red, green, silver and gold candles appear in stores.
Restaurants serve “seasonal” beverages and dishes, with invitations to “seasonal” dinners recommending “holiday dress.”
There is nothing that explicitly says it is Christmas, but there is enough of a festive whiff in the air for expatriate shoppers determined to have something resembling a holiday at home.
Christmas Celebration in Turkey
Though majority of the residents of Turkey belong to the Muslim community, however their exists in minority Jewish as well as Catholic communities and the Catholic communities makes the best possible efforts to celebrate the festival of Christmas in the best way possible and leaves no stones unturned to make the festival of Christmas a memorable affair. - See more at: http://www.dgreetings.com/christmas/cel ... VR8vr.dpuf