Dashiki Dialogues: Find the real in celebration

2011-12-09 13:31

As the air in my neighbourhood grows thick with all sorts of flavours, the redolence of roasted meat on everybody’s braai stands and sound systems start pouring infinite shades of soul onto the streets, the spirit of this time of the year becomes palpable.

The festive season is here. So, bottoms up everybody.

But hold up. Before we slide into all that jubilant jive, we might need to ask ourselves some central questions, like what the hell are we all celebrating for?

Perhaps the big piece of chicken should be reserved for those that have a reason to celebrate, and a moment of silence and self-reflection be reserved for those who almost passed their exams but didn’t quite make the cut.

Perhaps even the nature and texture of the celebrations themselves might need some tempering. Shall I propose a moratorium on eating raw fish off naked bodies?

And shall I recommend that not a single bottle of beer, whisky or otherwise be bought, let alone opened, until the January expenses have been honoured?

There’s nothing like the memory of money grossly squandered on trivialities to make the first month of the year’s empty pockets painfully heavy.

The outstretched hands of nephews, nieces, daughters and sons – along with the wrath of schoolteachers demanding school fees – will, as is customary, be waiting on the other side of these unfolding jamborees.

This is no party poop by all means, but a necessary statement of caution.

And I know some of you are furrowing your brows, but oh, I know all about the December spending sprees.

You see, my clan and its subsidiaries have a thing for conceiving their young in autumn.

This is to say almost all of my siblings, nephews and nieces were born in the festive season. In the first two weeks of this month, we’ve already counted four birthdays.

So you can imagine there are lots of expenses.

Now add niceties extended to those who have done well at school, plus the mandatory Christmas and end-of-year stuff that all families get to indulge in.

Please understand that I know all about how things can really get out of hand, leaving us all in a jam when the dust settles.

So as you jive and gyrate to the rumpus, and gorge on that fleshy chunk of meat, remember you’ll need to re-colour your dashiki and dialogue with reality come 2012.

» I’m on Twitter @Percy_Mabandu

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