Saturday, December 26, 2020

Kwanza celebration


Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora. 

Kwanzaa Candle and traditional food
This celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture. This year Kwanzaa begins on December 26th, 2019 and ends on January 1st  ,2020 at the feast and gift-giving.
According to history, Kwanzaa has seven core principles called Nguzo Saba.
It was created by Maulana Karenga.  The first Kwanzaa celebration was at the end of 1966 beginning 1967. 
The Black Candle represents the first principle Umoja (unity) and is placed in the center of the Kinara. The red candles represent the principles of Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujamaa (cooperative economics) and Kuumba (creativity) and are placed to the left of the black candle. The green candles represent the principles of Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Nia (purpose) and Imani (faith) and are placed to the right of the black candle. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and greenblack for the people, red for their struggle, and green for the future and hope that comes from their struggle.
The Principles of Kwanzaa
Source from Official Kwanza website:
umoja (oo-MOH-ja)
Meaning: unity
Action: building a community that holds together
kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)
Meaning: self-determination
Action: speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the community
ujima (oo-JEE-mah)
Meaning: collective work and responsibility
Action: helping others within the community
ujamaa (oo-JAH-ma)
Meaning: cooperative economics
Action: supporting businesses that care about the community
nia (nee-AH)
Meaning: a sense of purpose
Action: setting goals that benefit the community
kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)
Meaning: creativity
Action: making the community better and more beautiful
imani (ee-MAH-nee)
Meaning: faith
Action: believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future
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¿Qué es Kwanzaa?
Según la historia Kwanzaa tiene siete principios básicos llamados Nguzo Saba. Fue creado por Maulana Karenga. La celebración dura ocho días y empieza el 26 de Diciembre y finaliza el Primero de Enero. Los colores de las velas en la Kinara representan: La Negra, representa su gentela roja el sufrimiento de su gente, y el verde la esperanza por un mejor futuro.
¡Feliz Kwanzaa!


Maritza Martínez Mejía
Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
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