Here’s a look at Kwanzaa, an African American holiday that occurs every year from Jan. December to 1 January is celebrated

Maulana Karenga, Professor of Pan-African Studies at California State University in Long Beach, created the 1966 holiday as a non-religious celebration of family and social values ​​

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Karenga chose Swahili as the language of the festivities because it is a Pan-African language that is not necessarily of any particular region or region specific stem is defined

Karenga created Kwanzaa to allow African Americans to reconnect with their ancestral roots by introducing African culture and celebrating with the intention that the holiday would expand and be used by people of African ancestry around the world This celebration of family, community and culture is based on the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles

Every day in Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of seven principles: unity (umoja), self-determination (kuji chagulia), collective responsibility (ujima), cooperative economy (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and belief (imani )

Every night the celebrants light a new candle at the Kinara, a seven-branched candelabra. The seven candles, one black, three red and three green, represent the people, the struggle and the future as well as the seven principles Gifts are often lighted Given to children

On 31 On December 17th, participants take part in a festival known as Karamu These include steps such as Kukaribisha (greeting), Kuumba (memory), Kushangilla (joy), Tamshi la Tambiko (libation declaration) and Kutoa Majina (naming), the Karamu festival and Tamshi la Tutaonana (farewell declaration)


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