Christmas in Solomon Islands is celebrated with a public holiday every 25 December, as it is in a majority of countries around the world. This Christian festivity commemorates the birth of Jesus, and is part of a 22-28 day season in the Christian calendar known as Advent.
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Christmas is considered the time of joy and love and a time to exchange gifts in commemoration of what Christians believe is “the greatest Gift” of all.
Honiara, the capital city, has grown rapidly in recent years, but the holidays are a time when locals return to smaller villages to spend time with parents, grandparents, siblings, and other relatives. Honiara may be the hub of special events and what little commercialisation of Christmas that exists in Solomon Islands, but most people associate Christmas with home life.
Most churches will hold Christmas services, and public Christmas events may also be held in community halls. Everyone is welcome to attend, both tourists and locals alike.