The meaning of Christmas and how it is celebrated by Ghanaians

Christians in Ghana have joined their counterparts across the globe to celebrate Christmas, an annual festival to remember the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whose teachings form the basis of their faith.

In his Christmas message to the nation, President Akufo-Addo urged celebrants to observe the COVID-19 hygiene and safety protocols to contain the spread of the virus, especially the Omicron variant.

Drivers should also observe road traffic regulations to prevent road crashes.

Christmas, which means “Mass on Christ’s Day or Christ-mass”, is observed on December 25 as a religious, cultural, and secular celebration among billions of people.

Though the activities vary across the world, there are common themes on Salvation, Hope, Giving, Peace, Love, Light, and Joy, to reflect the teachings and nature of Christ Jesus.

Some historians trace the origin of the celebration on December 25, to the 4th Century AD, under Pope Julius I of the Roman Catholic Church.

In Ghana, the holiday is commonly marked with church services, family get-togethers, exchange of gifts, donations to the needy, parties, concerts, and other entertaining events.

Some celebrants decorate their homes, offices, and communities with symbolic ornaments, such as evergreen trees, holly, candle lights, fir wreaths, bells, balloons, and twinkle lights, to reflect their high spirits.

The colours of Christmas are typically green and red, while Santa Claus plays a cardinal role to highlight the essence of giving.

Many have taken to social media to share customised and common goodwill messages, expressing their contentment for being part of the season and appreciating God and their loved ones for making that possible.

According to information sourced from crosswalk.com, the “Evergreen Tree” is a symbol of eternal life; “Candlelights” represent a picture that Christ is the Light of the world; “Holly” speaks of the thorns in the crown of Christ, while Red” as a colour of Christmas, speaks of Christ’s blood and death.

The “Gifts” are a reminder of the gifts of the Magi to the Baby Jesus.

Each of them speaks to a component of His incarnation – Majesty in Life; Bitterest Agony in Death; and He, as God’s perfect gift to humanity.

The “Bells” are associated with ringing out news, or Christ being the good news for Christians. Christmas services and activities are mostly enjoyed with Carols, such as the “Silent Night”; “Mary’s Boy Child”; “Oh Christmas Tree; “Oh Holy Night”; “The First Noel”, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”; and “Joy to the World.”

Choral music, scripture readings on the story of the Messiah, choreography, and the reenactment of the nativity are special features across the world.

Stop Being Cruel and Soften Your Heart And End Heartless Treatment of Zoomlion Sweepers – Manasseh Tackles Akufo-Addo

Award-winning investigative journalist, Manassesh Azure Awuni has urged President Akufo-Addo to address the plight of Zoomlion sweepers in the country.

According to him, employees of Zoomlion Ghana Limited are currently being shortchanged in their earnings, hence the President must intervene.

The ace journalist made this call in response to a post on the President’s Facebook page, which notified Ghanaians of his intention to deliver a Christmas message on Tuesday, December 24, 2021.

Reacting to the notification from the President, Manasseh Azure intimated that as of now, the sweepers earn only GHC180.00 out of the GHC600.00 paid to Zoomlion Ghana as their salaries.

According to him, Zoomlion retains GHS420.00 cedis from the GHS600.00 cedis; a situation the journalist says poses a lot of difficulties for the sweepers.

“The arrangement is that Zoomlion will take 420 cedis and give the poor sweepers, in whose name the youth employment programme was created, only GHC180 cedis. Zoomlion claims there are 45,000 sweepers on the payroll. This means that each month, 18.9 million Ghana Cedis goes to Zoomlion while each worker goes home with 180 cedis ($30). Sir, put yourself in the shoes of the mothers and fathers who do this work”, Mr. Awuni said.

He therefore urged President Akufo-Addo to deal decisively with the matter, by paying the salaries of the sweepers directly to them through the District Assemblies, within whose jurisdictions they clean; instead of using Zoomlion as intermediaries.

“They [Zoomlion sweepers] have no health insurance or pension or any other benefit. You and your party criticized this wickedness when you were in opposition. In government, you’re continuing it. The truest test of your character is how you treat the vulnerable. I’m appealing to you to end this heartless arrangement so that sweepers can be paid directly. Don’t harden your heart, please”, Manassesh Azure pleaded.

GhanaFeed.com