Author Country :Tanzania Genre Type :True Story Location :Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Year of Publication :0/ Publication : Sub Theme :Poor/Poverty/Wealth, Song/Music, Small Christian Communities, Easter/Resurrection/ Author Name :Father Joseph Healey, M.M./ Author City :Dar es Salaam
Easter is a season of special joy. I discovered this
anew when I celebrated an outdoor Swahili Mass a week and a half after Easter in
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Small Christian Community (SCC) in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania. The setting was an empty lot in a poor, low-income section of
Mikocheni. Bright colored African cloths provided a festive backdrop.
Neighborhood SCC members joined the celebration. From the clapping songs to the
spontaneous joyful shouts to the women and girls’ ululation (special trilling
sound made in the back of the throat), the place was really “jumping”. During
the last joyful Easter song the 30 or so little children literally jumped up and
down with enthusiasm and excitement. I recalled the wisdom of the saying: The
poor celebrate best.