Monthly Archives: December 2011

12 dishes, looking for the first star and talking animals – contemporary Christmas in Poland


Twelve traditional dishes on a table and the whole family around it. Plenty of colorful presents, burning candles and love in the air. Nowadays Christmas is a little bit commercialized, mainly connected with fat guy in red pants called Santa Claus, but it doesn’t mean that one of the most important holidays lost its magic.

When children are looking for the first star in the sky, adults and teenagers who doesn’t believe in Santa anymore are starting the celebrity. We pray to the God together, asking for doing the same thing in next year – in the same group of people with identical relations. Then we break the wafers (it’s a thin thing made from flour and water, blessed in a church) with each other and also make wishes for following year. Afterwards, with proud children who saw  the star, we start trying delicious food. We can find fishes on the table as well as mushroom soup, dumplings with sour cabbage, cabbage boiled with peas and some other traditional meals.

Do you believe in Santa? You should! When everybody has full stomach, Santa is knocking on a door. If a family consists of kids who believes in his existence, somebody disguise as him and hands presents. Of course not for free! Everybody under the age of, let’s say, 10 has to say some rhyme or sing a song. Then Santa is going out, person who was wearing red pants, a cap with pompon and a beard is coming back pretending that he were sitting on a toilet or smoking. When children plays with new toys or, older ones, reads interesting books, adults talk and drink unusual tasty wine. Some of them are also singing Christmas carols together with kids. A smell of peeled oranges is mixing up with odor of Christmas, family time and a pinch of magic.

When it comes to habits, I can introduce you some of them. People in Poland remember about everybody during Christmas – charity organizations collect money and organize festive dinner for homeless and poor. As it is a noble gesture, every family leave one additional plate left on a Christmas table. In theory, if some lonely man would like to join them, they will welcome him with open arms, unlike Maria and Joseph who couldn’t find any place to stay when Maria was about giving birth to Son of the God, Jesus. Practically, I’ve never seen such a situation in my home. I think it’s a little bit hypocritical habit and I can’t be sure whether some family would really invite such a person who wanders alone around the town or not. Another tradition is connected with the crib when Jesus was born. As there were a lot of hay around him and his mother Maria, we put some blades under a tablecloth which covers the table. Kids also believe that animals become able to speak during the holy night, from midnight. Anyway, they can’t check it because polite children go to beds much earlier and, remember, if they are not polite, Santa will not bring them presents anymore. 😉

UGANDA – Pearl of Africa


Hello, my Polish and German friends! Did you here about Uganda? What do you know about my country?  I want to present here some basic information about my motherland. But if you’ll follow this blog you will get to know much, much more…


Uganda – a country in the middle of the world. Here we can cross the equator and see the source of the longest river – the Nile.  Winston Churchill once called Uganda “Pearl of Africa”. Why? We will try to find the answer in this blog.

Uganda is an East African country found in the Southern Sub-Saharan region. It is bordered on the north by Southern Sudan,  on the east by Kenya, on the south by Tanzania, and on the west by Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Uganda takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which is the biggest among traditional 7 kingdoms of Uganda and including the capital city Kampala.

Our population is still growing – from 4.8 million people in 1950, 24.3 million in 2002 to over 32 million currently. Today the medium age is 15 years (so I’m already in the older half of the population…) and some areas are densely populated. The most populated districts are Kampala – the Capital City of Uganda, Jinja, Mukono, Masaka and Iganga…

Geographically, Uganda has many features – mountains, hills, valleys, forests, rivers, lakes and a number of natural resources. The second largest lake in the world is found in Uganda – Lake Victoria. More so, Uganda has got the longest river in the world – River Nile. The highest peak is Mt. Stanley (5109m) in the Rwenzori Mountains. Furthermore Uganda has got a variety of wild life thus making tourism successful in Uganda.

Economically, Uganda is an agricultural country where about 80% of its population depend on agriculture as it’s backbone. These people mainly grow food crops like cassava, potatoes, bananas or beans. However the surplus is sold but on the subsistence level simply many people grow food for their own consumption. Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, and sizable mineral deposits of copper and cobalt. The country has largely untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.Some part of economy is taken up by foreigners who have established industries for example the Asians thus making Uganda an industrial country.

Politically, Uganda it is republic governed by President Yoweri Museveni. It obtained her independence on 9th October 1962 from the British colonialists.

Socially, Uganda is an heterogeneous country being formed of very many tribes from different background and origin – in the South Bantu-speaking people like Baganda, Basoga, Banyoro, Bagishu, Ankole,  and in the North and East Nilots: Acholi, Lango and to the Maasai-related Karamogong and Iteso. Pygmies live in the forest of the west. Luganda is widely the most used language in Uganda. English is the official language, but each tribe has also own language. I think Ugandans are hospitable and good people to be with and associate.

Religiously, Uganda is a free religious country where many religions are practiced and we are given freedom to worship. People of different religions live peacefully together. Among Ugandans you can find mostly Christians: Catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals, Seventh-days, Born Again and many others, but we have  Muslims (12%) a well as traditionalists – mostly on the villages and very few atheists.

I am proud to be Ugandan.

Currently Uganda is preparing for Christmas. It’s fun to have Christmas in Uganda. At this particular moment entertainment centers are being set up, people are sending and receiving gifts and most people are going back to their villages to spend this special time with their loves ones…  we will write more about Christmas in Uganda in the next article.

And how do you spend Christmas in your countries, our Global Friends?

I wish you Merry X-mas!

Jane Nabbale

About Global Friends


Do you want to have friends from whole the world? Do you want to learn about different cultures and global issues? Do you like writing and reading articles? Do you maybe  wish to become a journalist?

If the answer is ‘YES” – join Global Friends and became an author of our blog!

 “Global Friends” is an intercultural exchange and global education project.

We are young people from Uganda, Poland and Germany. We created in the Internet a space to connect young people from different countries and continents. On the blog we have an opportunity to get to know each other and our cultures,  to share ideas and discuss about global and local challenges and other important issues.


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About Somero Uganda


on the beach - Lake Victoria

We are young girls from Somero Uganda.

Somero Uganda is an Organisation located in Kampala supporting education for vulnerable young people. We are girls from the age of 14 to 23. Some of us take Computer class and others are scholarship holders. Most of us live in Kampala in areas like Bwaise, Makindye, Nansana, Kazo, Kawempe, Luzira, and Kasangati. We spend most of our time in Somero Uganda because there are girls who are supported by Somero Uganda, to acquire knowledge about computer, literacy classes, self confidence, self esteem, values as girls and many more, to make friends, to interact with people. The computer girls graduated on 9th December. Some of us are in secondary school, colleges, universities and some work.

We joined the blog because we want to interact with the outside world, to get friends, to acquire knowledge about the outside cultures. We also want to share with you about our lives, culture and our beautiful country. That was our short introduction and if you want to get to know more about us just follow our blog and read our articles.

You can also visit our personal profiles to read something about each of us – just visit “About Global Friends” and then – “Ugandan Friends”.

Soon you will find here an article about our country – Uganda.

We are also waiting for yours articles – if you want to join our blog, just contact us