is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and African American culture that is celebrated annually from December 26 through January 1. As far as holidays go, Kwanzaa is the new kid on the block. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way to help Africans and African-Americans honor family, community and culture. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but to many African-American families it is just as important as one. Kwanzaa is a celebration of traditions and heritage and a chance to wrap up the year and reflect on important values so they can start the new year off with a sense of family, responsibility, self-respect and community. It’s also a lot of fun- seven days of food,music, dancing, creativity and family time! Join my family this years as we celebrate Kwanzaa. I’ve been waiting on this ALL YEAR LONG!!!
TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY- UMOJA.
UMOJA means Unity and it is my favorite day because it is simple. Gather together and rejoice, remember, and recommit yourself to your ancestors, friends, family and community. There are four posts highlighting this principle of unity on several levels from the very intimate to mass organizing. They demonstrate the power of unity to change our world and our-selves. I’m so excited to share it with Noah, as this will be his very 1st Kwanzaa.
KUJICHAGULIA means self-determine/self determination and this is my second favorite day (you will start to see a pattern) because I love saying koo-jee-jha-koo-lee-ah. I also love it because I believe that is the greatest gift of motherhood. I’ve learned the importance of naming/defining oneself and the power of determining your path for yourself. Although my oldest son is far away in college, I hope that he joins us via Skype in reaffirming this principle.
UJIMA is really my favorite because I am a fan of collaboration and service in all areas of life. It means “collective work and responsibility” and this is something we, my family and moms group truly believe in. It is not enough to think about change, we must act! Whether is it recognizing the importance of care/self-care, the necessity of organizing, all of our responsibility to support mothers (parents) in childcare, or fighting to defend our right to exist—we must Act!
These will take us to Friday- On Friday Fours post I’ll share what my family and I will do for the remainder of Kwanzaa, even our last day, Imani. Our feast will be GRAND! Many people want to know about Kwanzaa. Thank you all for sharing the information and for practicing Umoja today. We also need to teach the new generation. To get daily event on what we’re doing during the week visit us on facebook. I’ll post our calender there. I hope that you can join us!
Till next time, QC Supermom