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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!

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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!

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.