Facts about Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is an American cultural festival that runs from December 26th to January 1st and honors African ancestry. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration, not a religious one. Dr. Maulana Karenga founded it in 1966 to honor African culture and to encourage African-Americans in the United States. Although Kwanzaa originated in the United States and is mostly observed there, it is also observed in other nations. Kwanzaa is celebrated by an estimated 18 million people worldwide. Kwanzaa festivities often feature poetry, storytelling, African dance, and drumming, as well as a large feast called Karamu on New Year's Eve.
Kwanzaa Facts to Consider:
The term Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "Matunda ya Kwanzaa," which means "first fruits of the harvest."
The three colors of Kwanzaa are red, green, and black.
The Kwanzaa color red represents the bloodshed that occurred throughout the African people's fight for independence.
Green is a Kwanzaa color that represents Africa's rich soil.
The color black represents the people in Kwanzaa.
Nguzo Saba is a set of seven Kwanzaa ideals. Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, and Imani are among them.
The concept of oneness, both in the family and in the society, is known as umoja.
Kujichagulia is the principle of self-determination, which includes both communal duty and speaking for oneself.
Ujima is the concept of communal effort and responsibility in the construction and maintenance of one's community.
Ujamaa is a cooperative economics concept for starting and running companies.
Nia is the concept of purpose, which entails setting and achieving objectives that benefit the people in the society.
Kuumba is the creative concept of creating a better and more attractive community for future generations.
Imani is a religious concept that entails trusting the community's leaders, teachers, parents, and citizens.
Kwanzaa lasts seven days, with a candle being lighted and one of the seven principles being addressed each day.
Kwanzaa's candle holder is known as a kinara. Three green candles on the left and three red candles on the right flank a black candle in the center.
Mazao, Mkeka, Vibunzi, Mishumoa Saba, Kinara, Kikombe Cha Umoja, and Zawadi are some of Kwanzaa's emblems.
Mazao represents vegetables, nuts, and fruits, and serves as a reminder of the harvest that sustained and nurtured Africa's people.
The Mkeka is a mat on which Kwanzaa emblems are put. It's usually composed of African fabric or straw.
The Vibunzi is a corn ear that is put on the Mkeka to symbolize fertility, with one ear of corn for each kid in the household.
Mishumoa Saba is the name given to Kwanzaa's seven candles, which symbolize the seven ideals.
The Kinara is the Kwanzaa candleholder that contains the seven Kwanzaa candles, which are supposed to represent corn branching out to create new family units, similar to how family branches off to produce new family units.
The Kikombe Cha Umoja is a unity cup from which people sip to commemorate their forefathers and mothers.
The Zawadi are the presents exchanged on Kwanzaa's final day, January 1st. Gifts presented on this day should promote the recipient's self-determination, development, success, and accomplishment.