Item# KW Kwanzaa - A Celebration of African Culture and Heritage Poster
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Kwanzaa - A Celebration of African Culture and Heritage Poster
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A Celebration of African Culture and Heritage
Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday honoring African culture and heritage. Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration during which there is a lighting of a candle on the Kinara (candle holder) and pouring libations. The celebration culminates in a feast and gift giving.
It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. Roy Karenga created the celebration which was first celebrated from December 26, 1966, to January 1, 1967. Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called "The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa," or Nguzo Saba, which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy" consisting of what he called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles: • Umoja (Unity) To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together. • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. • Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. • Kuumba (Creativity) To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. • Imani (Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.