Christmas is an annual competition commemorating the start of Jesus Christ which is seen totally on December 25 each and every 12 months as a spiritual and cultural party amongst billions of other folks throughout the global. It is a season of having in combination, exchanging items sharing foods and feeling merry. It could also be a time for lengthy distance touring, purchasing for items and making ready elaborate dinners.

HOW GHANAIANS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?

Ghanaian Christmas celebrations most often get started round the twentieth of December, spanning thru to the New Year. There are a quite a lot of actions which move on right through the festive duration with the primary focal point on other folks touring round the nation to talk over with households and pals. The celebrations are at a most right through Christmas Eve with church services and products, that draw in so much a laugh and merry-making from worshippers overdue into the evening. After the early morning provider, reward giving and receiving starts. The conventional meals for the Christmas comprises rice and soup with both goat or rooster, whilst pastries reminiscent of desserts, biscuits, doughnuts amongst others are shared along with comfortable and scorching alcoholic drinks.

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

On the eve of Christmas, you’ll spot an outside parade of musicians in Ghana, treating the other folks with fascinating song and rendition from their repertoire. You can listen the sound of Christmas carols from many houses, signifying the hilarious party of the festive instance. Children, particularly children don’t seem to be ignored on this festive temper, as they welcome Father Christmas (Papa Bronya), with lengthy white beard and cherry-red swimsuit to fit. You will normally to find adorned timber at huge resorts or buying groceries shops, some with colourful paper embellishes and neon lighting to cause them to sexy.

SUSPENSION OF FUNERALS

It is peculiar to see funerals held right through the Christmas duration in Ghana. The keeping of funerals is totally suspended right through this festive instance as a result of the duration is regarded as as time shape spreading love, pleasure. Indeed, Ghanaians dangle their Christmas in top esteem and due to this fact, connect a lot significance to the party by way of mixing the festive instance with pomp and pageantry.

By this time of the 12 months, when the festive instance is rapid coming near, the conventional markets throughout the nation are stuffed with items and a large number of foodstuff at somewhat an reasonably priced value which might be inside the achieve of the extraordinary Ghanaians in order that they are able to rejoice amongst themselves with their households and family members. Parents are in a position to acquire few pieces reminiscent of clothes and sneakers for his or her kids by way of this time of the 12 months. But the query persons are asking is, are Ghanaians going to revel in this coming Christmas in the midst of this massive financial downturn that has imposed serious hardships amongst households? The solution to me might be a ‘large no’. The wallet of the majority of Ghanaians are utterly dry and I ponder whether they are able to come up with the money for a few of the pieces wanted to make this Christmas stress-free of their lives.

TRADERS COMPLAINING OF LOW SALES

Already, investors throughout the nation and house owners of stores, are complaining bitterly about low gross sales, although they have got stocked their stores with plenty of bought merchandise for onward sale to shoppers. For example, at the Abura marketplace in the Cape Coast municipality, medium measurement of goats is being bought between GHC 300.00 and GHc 450.00 whilst smaller ones are from GHc 200.00 to GHC 250.00. These costs proceed to exchange by way of day. Poultry merchandise reminiscent of fowls vary from GHC 45.00 to GHC 60.00. Five pounds of perfumed rice are promoting between GHC 80.00 and GHC 98.00 relying on the logo. Tomatoes and onion dealers are complaining bitterly about the top costs which might be them to lose their consumers. A five-litre gallon of palm oil which used to be GHC 70.00 has now been priced GHC 85.00. A sack of onions which used to promote at GHC 350.00 is now between GHC 450.00 and GHC 500.00 whilst a bag of maize recently is going at GHC600.00, double the value closing 12 months. A create of eggs which was once bought at GHC 15.00 or GHC 12.00 relying on the sizes closing Christmas, is now being bought between GHC 26.00 and GHC 30.00. Medium measurement bucket of lawn eggs is being bought at GHC 50.00 as a substitute of the earlier value of GHC 35.00. A tuber of yam which went for GHC 8.00 closing 12 months December now sells at GHC 15.00. not unusual home goods reminiscent of milk, sugar, rest room powdered soaps, detergents, mouth wash and pastes, rest room rolls amongst others, are all very dear and no longer inside the achieve of Ghanaians.

The query we want to ask ourselves is that, in the midst of those astronomical building up in costs of foodstuffs which invariable shape the foundation for the party of Christmas, how can one rejoice this 12 months’s Christmas together with his or her circle of relatives let on my own inviting pals and family members. As for fogeys purchasing new clothes, garments and sneakers for his or her kids that might be utterly misplaced since they can’t come up with the money for to accomplish that in the midst of those financial difficulties.

AGRIC MINISTER’S TANTRUMS

We continuously listen the Minister of Agriculture telling Ghanaians that there’s a large number of meals in the machine to feed Ghanaians and that they will have to prevent complaining about the scarcity of foodstuffs on the marketplace. He could also be rightly so as a result of he sees those meals pieces in abundance at the farm gates. However, what he fails to notice is that those meals pieces he’s speaking about want to be transported from the farm gate in the remotest portions of the nation occasionally in the hinterland to the advertising and marketing facilities in the towns, particularly Accra. How are you able to delivery those meals pieces down to the advertising and marketing facilities in the midst of top value of gas and spare portions?

FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO PRICE HIKES

The top stage of inflation, coupled with the consistent depreciation of the native forex, has been the primary contributing issue to the value of products and services and products in our nation of overdue. Our economic system has been run down by way of our leaders to such an extent that it has affected the buying energy of Ghanaians. They are being suffocated to the stage they can’t accommodate. Only few other folks in the corridors of energy are playing at the expense of the thousands and thousands of Ghanaians.