Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Dakar mosque decked in Christmas lights as mostly Muslim Senegal joins in holiday cheer - The Washington Post

Dakar mosque decked in Christmas lights as mostly Muslim Senegal joins in holiday cheer - The Washington Post

It looks a lot like Christmas in Senegal, where 95 percent of the 12.8 million residents are Muslim. Even the Grande Mosquee, a mosque that dominates the city’s skyline, is aglow in holiday lights.
“When they go to school, the children learn about Santa,” says Lo, wearing a flowing olive green robe known as a boubou. “We are born into the Senegalese tradition of cohabitation between Muslims and Christians. What is essential is the respect between people.”
Senegal, a moderate country along Africa’s western coast, has long been a place where Christians and Muslims have coexisted peacefully. Most Christians here are Catholic and live in the south of country and in the capital...
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