In Madagascar, Santa Claus is called "Dadabe Noely" in Malagasy and "le Bonhomme Noel" in French. Santa Claus in Madagascar wears a red suit with white fur trim and brings gifts, much like Santa Claus in the United States.
Madagascar is an island country located off the coast of southern Africa. Because Madagascar is located in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas occurs during the country's summer season. Approximately 40 percent of the population follow Christianity. The Malagasy who celebrate Christmas do so by attending services at church and by exchanging gifts with family and friends. Dadabe Noely, which means Grandfather Christmas, brings gifts to younger children.