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Habari Gani? Kujichagulia!

27 Dec

Kujichagulia means self-determination!

The black candle is lit first, and then the red candle on the far left is lit using the black candle.

Then, you think about and discuss the principle of the day. The goal of self-determination is to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. Whatever this means to you personally is what you discuss. Then…dinner time!

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Habari Gani? Umoja!

26 Dec

Umoja means Unity!

Tonight’s principle means to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, and nation. On this night, the black candle in the center of the kinara is lit. The kinara looks something like this, although there are variations in the base:

On this night, only the black one will be illuminated. Unity is the basis of success, and that is why it is the candle in the center, and the first night. It’s the candle that is always lit first and used to light all of the other candles. Once the candle is lit, you talk about unity and its importance…and that sounds like a perfect excuse to eat, right? Right. Dinner time!