Kwanzaa

Although we are still on holiday, I wanted to share an American festivity with you. This festivity has a short history behind: it was created in 1966 to celebrate African-American heritage and culture. Kwanza celebrates seven principles of African heritage and thus lasts for seven days (from 26th December to 1st January). Each day one principle is celebrated and the principles are the following:

  • Umoja (Unity):
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
  • Nia (Purpose)
  • Kuumba (Creativity)
  • Imani (Faith)

How do people celebrate Kwanzaa? They decorate their houses with objects of African art and fresh fruit. Families light a candle holder with seven candles. Men and women also wear colourful clothes and on the last day of Kwanzaa they also exchange presents and have a feast.

If you want to know more about Kwanzaa and its principles, surf the Internet and share any interesting links you find with us in the comments!

Merry X-mas & Happy Kwanzaa!

Jaime

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