If you are like most Americans you have no clue what Kwanzaa is. Kwanzaa is a new and to some nearly extinct African American holiday. It was created in 1966 to be the only exclusive African American holiday. It begins the day after Christmas and continues until New Years. The best way I can summarize it is like this: During the last week of the year it’s a time for families to reflect on themselves before the new year. Each day you look at one aspect of yourself and your family and focus on improving it. Each day has a traditional African name to tie it to African roots. These are Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles:
Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
My family has celebrated Kawanzaa for four years now. It’s my favorite holiday! Although we’re ALWAYS missing something, it drives home the points we strive to emphasize. It positions my family so that they know what is expected of them for the upcoming year, self acknowledgement of where they failed or succeeded last year and gives us a moment to realize how much our we have to give thanks for each family member and friend including the ones that aren’t walking among us. I LOVE Kawanzaa!
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