Happy Kwanzaa – First Day, Umoja


Kwanzaa is a celebration created by Maulana Karenga to honor African-American culture and heritage. It is not religious but begins on December 26th and some confuse it with an alternative religious celebration to Christmas. Not true. Kwanzaa is about family. It’s a time to get together and have a good time. One of the seven principles are read every night and a candle is lit on the kinara which is a candle holder. The last night results in a feast shared by friends and family.

First Night – Umoja (Unity) – promotes the maintenance of family community, nation and race

 

 

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Posted on December 26, 2011, in Thoughts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I hope you’re having a wonderful Kwanzaa filled with family, friends and joy!

    I’m going to share this post on my blog. Like I said in my comment, I had no idea what the celebration was about or when it happened until your comment on my post. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

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