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Kigali Lights Up Again For Christmas

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For the past ten years, Residents of Kigali and dwellers have become accustomed to magnificent Christmas lights decorations in the city during the festive season.

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25th as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

Driving through the streets of Kigali at night around December and January can leave a long lasting impact of a city that knows what to do to spice up Christmas and Bonane.

Majority of Rwandans are Christians subscribed to various faiths including; the Roman Catholics, Anglicans, seventh day Adventists, Jehovah witnesses and other born-again religious groups. The other small percentage is Muslims.

About 45% of the Rwandan population belongs to the Catholic faith. In second place are the Protestant faith communities with size of 37.7%. Muslims represent  a small size of 2.0%.

In 2017, Rwandans marked 100th Anniversary of Catholic Priesthood in Rwanda. And for the first time in the history of Rwanda, this Christmas celebrations will be unique for the Catholics as mass will be held under Cardinal Antoine Kambanda.

Antoine Kambanda is the first Cardinal Rwanda has ever had in over a century since the Roman Catholic faith established on Rwanda territory.

On Sunday, October 25, Pope Francis announced that he had elevated the Archbishop of Kigali Antoine Kambanda to the higher level of Cardinal.

This drastic change for the Catholic Church in Rwanda comes just a year after the Anglicans also made a drastic change.

On 04 October 2019, the Church of Rwanda ‘decolonialised’ its name. Changed its name from “Province de l’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda” to “Eglise Anglicane du Rwanda” in order to assert that it was no longer a colonial subject.

“We seek only to be a colony of heaven!,” Archbishop, Dr Laurent Mbanda said last year.

Other scenic views of Kigali

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