2016 marks the 50th ANNIVERSARY of the creation of KWANZAA.
KWANZAA was created by Dr. MAULANA KARENGA in 1966 as an AFRICAN AMERICAN and PAN-AFRICAN Holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture.
KWANZAA begins annually on December 26, and is celebrated through January 1.
During the holiday, individuals, families, and communities host activities and celebrations which focus on the NGUZO SABA (Seven Principles) of Kwanzaa. Each of the sevens days is reprinted by a distinct name and symbol: UMOJA (Unity), KUJICHAGULIA (Slf-Determination), UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility), UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics), NIA (Purpose), KUUMBA (CREATIVITY, and IMANI (Faith).
The SYMBOLS Of KWANZAA (photo above) include the MKEKA (Corn), KINARA (Candle Holder), MISHUMAA SABA (Seven Candles), KIKOMBE Cha UMOJA (Unity Cup), MUHINDI (Corn), and MAZAO (Crops), and ZAWADI (GIFTS). You also may have the PAN-AFRICAN FLAG, and a printed posting of the Nguzo Saba.
- a time of ingathering of the people to reaffirm the bonds between them;
- a time of special reverence for the creator and creation in thanks and respect for the blessings, bountifulness and beauty of creation;
- a time for commemoration of the past in pursuit of its lessons and in honor of its models of human excellence, our ancestors;
- a time of recommitment to our highest cultural ideals in our ongoing effort to always bring forth the best of African cultural thought and practice; and
- a time for celebration of the Good, the good of life and of existence itself, the good of family, community and culture, the good of the awesome and the ordinary, in a word the good of the divine, natural and social.
It should be noted that while Kwanzaa itself is NOT a religious holiday, Religious Observances are sometimes a part of the celebration of Kwanzaa.
HERI Za KWANZAA 2016 (HAPPY KWANZAA 2016)!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And BOUNTIFUL KWANZAA BLESSINGS For ALL of YOU and Your FAMILIES;