Kwanzaa

What is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits”. Dr. Karenga stresses the purpose of Kwanzaa is to study Nguzo Saba, which are the seven principles of African Heritage.The seven Kwanzaa principles help participants honor their Heritage as people of African descent and the loss that was suffered through enslavement.The holiday is defined by the seven principles of Nguzo Saba where each day is specifically named and celebrated, marked by lighting a candle on the kinara, a seven-branched candelabra.

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Imani: Faith On the seventh and last day of Kwanzaa, the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the utmost …

Kuumba: Creativity On the sixth day during Kwanzaa which is also New Years day,  the black candle is lit, then the utmost …

Nia: Purpose The black candle, then the left most red candle, then the right most green candle, then the 2nd red candle …

Ujamaa: Collective Economics The black candle is lit at first, then the utmost left red one, then the farthest right green one …

Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility. 3rd principle of Kwanzaa, Ujima or collective work and Responsibility. On the third day, the lighting of …

Kujichagulia: Self Determination To represent the second Kwanzaa principle the leftmost red candle is lit after the black one. This principle represents …

Umoja: Unity Day 1 of Kwanzaa represents Umoja meaning maintaining unity as a family, community, and race of people. Black candle, placed …