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Many of us celebrate this season in different ways. While many celebrate Christmas, we pray your festivities will also incorporate family and some of the Kwanzaa principles whether you celebrate the specific holiday or not.
Kwanzaa is an annual holiday celebrated primarily by African Americans beginning the day after Christmas, December 26th, through January 1st. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits” in Swahili. The holiday was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, to bring African Americans together with a culmination of African traditions. The tradition is a blend of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and Zulu tribes.
There are seven principles of Kwanzaa:
That’s the beauty, nothing but spirit and contemplation are truly needed to celebrate this holiday. The intention is simply to be intentional about supporting each other and the Black community. If you would like to celebrate with traditional items however, here is a list of what is needed:
Habari Gani is Swahili for “what’s the news” and the proper response is the principle of the day. For example, today one would say “Habari Gani?” and the response would be “Umoja!”
Each day (normally in the evening), the day’s principle is discussed among your family, blood or chosen, and then a candle is lit. The order of lighting the candles is as follows:
Short answer: Yes! Kwanzaa is not a holiday tied to any particular religion but rather a cultural holiday to be celebrated in a unified and communal manner.
We would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and Happy Kwanzaa!
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