Christmas is universally acknowledged because the day Christ, the messiah, was born. It’s due to this fact celebrated everywhere in the world each by Christians, Muslims and Animists . But there are some set of people that don’t hassle or fear about this celebration. Amongst them are some artists who’ve one cause or the opposite to not take part within the celebration and even acknowledge 25th of December because the official date of the start of Emmanuel, the son of God and Redeemer of mankind. Sadly, nevertheless, most of them who responded are not looking for their actual names in print.
However Israel Benamiasia, an artist and a employees of the Nationwide Gallery of Artwork (NGA), Lagos, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Data and Tradition reasoned thus: “Sure I don’t imagine in Christmas. One, there’s a controversy in regards to the date. There’s one Christian denomination that contests the date. Perhaps it’s the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They contest it and I’m a bit satisfied in regards to the sturdy argument they current. They talked in regards to the season of the 12 months when these occasions across the start of Christ occurred. They talked about these seasons they usually didn’t fall inside the interval Christ was alleged to have been born. The reasoning additionally level to the truth that 25th December date might not be the precise date of the start of Christ”, he mentioned.
For that reason and extra, Benamiasia doesn’t be a part of within the celebration in any respect. “Thank God it’s often a vacation, so I sit at house quietly to benefit from the brief break. Properly, I’m not even somebody who loves celebrations – not even birthdays and so forth”.
For Osagie (not actual title), a visible artist at Iganmu, Lagos, “oh, it’s not price celebrating. How do you identify this date?”, he requested, his eyes puffed. “It’s a pagan celebration originated by the good Roman Empire. Then Christians got here and integrated it into their calendar and imposed it on all of us because the date of the start of Christ. So how can that be? However don’t point out my title there o, regardless that the church I attend additionally shuns this celebration,” Osagie remonstrated reaching out for his portray brush.
On 25th of December, Osagie takes his bag and baggage to the studios the place he engages in his traditional work of portray and creating artworks. “It’s even good that it’s a vacation. So, I often stroll to the studios the place I work as if it’s a regular working day. However I warn you: in the event you point out my actual title, I’ll come after you”, he bellowed.
For James (not actual title) one other artist, “what distinction does it make? We have a good time on daily basis. So why would Christmas or no matter you name it’s completely different? See, Christ informed His apostles to commemorate His dying. He by no means laid emphasis on His start. He by no means informed them to recollect or acknowledge and even have a good time His start. Now, somebody, someplace is imposing it on all Christians and also you suppose I can be part of it? Please depend me out. On 25th of December, I keep house, glued to my tv, eat good meals after which calm down with some good Jazz music”.
Ike (not actual title) is a dancer and a composer. He’s of the assumption that some researchers will quickly come out with probably the most believable and applicable date for Christmas. “They might even change the nomenclature from Christmas to Christ’s start or one thing. You see, the Romans dominated the world at that time. They fastened these dates primarily based on their native and conventional festivals. Now you need me to imagine that Christ was born on a pagan date? These of you celebrating this pagan date will reply for it on the final day. I’m solely forewarning you and others,” Ike sniggered, pointing his fingers in direction of heaven.