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Habari Gani? Kuumba!

31 Dec

Kuumba means creativity!

Light the previous candles and in same way and order as the previous nights, then light the remaining red candle.

Kuumba means to strive to do as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than we inherited it. Discuss what creativity means to you and how it plays a role in your life. Now today, today there’s a special FEAST! It’s called Karamu. Everyone drinks thetambiko (libation: water, juice, or wine…whatever you want) from the unity cup to promote UNITY, but save some in there for the ancestors. Then the eldest person there pours some in all directions (North, South, East, and West) to honour them. Then, they ask the ancestors to come celebrate with everyone and to bless everyone who isn’t present. Then they pour the rest on the ground and say Amen. This part can be modified to fit your setting. Then…you FEAST, duh! It’s New Year’s Eve, guys!

Habari Gani? Nia!

30 Dec

Nia means purpose!

Light the previous candles and in same way and order as the previous nights, then light the second candle from the right. The green one!

After lighting the candles, discuss what purpose means to you. Then grub on some food, you guys! Oh yeah, grab some drums, play some music. People usually do that at Kwanzaa, too. Silly me…I forgot to mention that sooner. You all have been missing out! Sorry!!!

Habari Gani? Ujima!

28 Dec

Ujima means collective work and responsibility!

Light the previous candles in the same order that you lit them before, and then light the green candle on the far right using the black candle.

Ujima means to build and maintain out community together, and make others’ struggles and problems our own so that we may solve them together. We reflect on what this means to us…then we eat, ha! See a theme?

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!

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!