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
Today we remember lost Americans (and maybe some visitors I’m not sure). Makes you aware of the losses that have been suffered by others in different parts of the world. We need to get back some of the feeling of national and world community that we had in the days following 9/11. We are back to business as usual. Willing to take each other down to make a point. Time to wake up. We’re all in deep stuff and we better get it together. I think we’re gonna need each other before it’s all over.
peace and love