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Meditation

18 Apr

I found a saying on which I can meditate. Just repeat this to myself whenever I feel like I need to hear it.

“I declare I will choose faith over fear! I will meditate on what is positive and what is good about my situation. I will use my energy not to worry, but to believe. Fear has no part in my life. I will not dwell on negative, discouraging thoughts. My mind is set on what God says about me. I know His plan for me is success, victory, and abundance. This is my declaration.”

Habari Gani? Imani!

1 Jan

Imani means faith!

Light the previous candles and in same way and order as the previous nights, then light the remaining green candle. The last candle! This is the last night, guys! It’s also New Year’s. 🙂

Discuss faith and what this personally means to you (whatever religion you practice or if you don’t practice a religion…this is personal to you). After that call out “Harambee!” seven times. Then, guess what you do? You give zawadi (gifts) to immediate family members to encourage growth, self-determination, achievement, and success, and promote or reward accomplishments and commitments kept. Haha, gotcha!! Gifts are usually handmade (self-determination, purpose, and creativity, remember?) When you accept the gift, you’re implying that you’re willing to follow through with the principles taught during Kwanzaa. And uh…then you eat! ^_^ You knew it was coming.

This has been a Kwanzaa celebration with me, thanks for joining, and I hope to see you next year :).

Sad that Christmas is Over and There’s Nothing to Celebrate Until New Year’s?

25 Dec
Celebrate Kwanzaa!! I do! haha

Celebrate Family, Community, and Culture with me…All Cultures, mmk? Yes, Kwanzaa has roots in the black nationalist movement, and is founded in the African culture. The terms are in Swahili, but I am a multilingual African-American girl of many cultures, so I’m celebrating the holiday while embracing ALL cultures AND religions…so EVERYONE feel free to celebrate with me :).

The Nguzu Saba: The Seven Principles

Kwanzaa is seven days long. Each day represents a different principle, as you will see over the next week. It’s always celebrated from December 26th through January 1st.

  1. Umoja: Unity
  2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination
  3. Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility
  4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics
  5. Nia: Purpose
  6. Kuumba: Creativity
  7. Imani: Faith

The seven symbols used during Kwanzaa

  1. Mazao: Crops, Fruits, Vegetables
  2. Vibunzi: Ear of Corn
  3. Mkeka: Placemat
  4. Mishumaa Saba: The Seven Candles
  5. Kinara: The Candleholder
  6. Kikombe Cha Umoja: The Unity Cup
  7. Zawadi: Gifts

So What do I do?

A common greeting is Jambo! The celebration starts each day with inviting your loved ones who’ve passed away to celebrate with you, and then someone says Habari Gani? That means What’s the News? The reply to that question is the principle for that day. Details for each specific day will be posted that morning.