We here about Kwanzaa from time to time so what exactly is this holiday?
It is a winter holiday that beings the day after Christmas and celebrated by some of the African-American & Pan-African cultures. A celebration of Family, Community and Culture. This celebration is a week-long celebration that last from December 26 to January 1 each year.
Celebrated since 1966 in United States, According to Wikipedia. Kwanzaa helps celebrate the African culture and heritage to bring it back into today’s culture
Many Christians who celebrate Kwanzaa also celebrates Christmas as well. Kwanzaa is not to take place of any other religion or holiday.
Kwanzaa also has Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith is celebrated.
Plus, Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba—the seven principles of African Heritage), which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy,” consisting of what Karenga called “the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Family): The belief in family and general communal understanding.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Symbols for this holiday include a decorative mat on which other symbols are placed, corn and other crops, a candle holder with seven candles, called a kinara, a communal cup for pouring libations, gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. The symbols designed to convey the seven principles.
Is there anything else I should add or make known about this holiday?
Some information has been taken from Wikipedia. Also this was published in our family Christmas Newsletter, Patterson Post 11. First published on Courageous Christian Father December 26, 2016. Last republished December 18, 2019.