Habari Gani? That’s “What’s the news?” in Swahili. And that question is asked each of the 7 days after Christmas. It begins the celebration of Kwanzaa
Chances are you’ve heard of Kwanzaa but have stepped away from it with the idea it is only for African Americans. Yes, it is a observance with its roots in African American culture but it has grown to be much more than that. There are actually non-African Americans who respect and participate in the celebration just as there are many African Americans who do not.
I think, because it’s not tied to any religion it is easier to ignore because there is no guilt associated with NOT observing Kwanzaa.
But I digress.
Here’s a quick overview of how it works: December 26th through January 1st is set aside to honor and contemplate that day’s principle:
Day 1 Umoja – UNITY
Day 2 Kujichagulia -SELF DETERMINATION
Day 3 Ujima – COLLECTIVE WORK & RESPONSIBILITY
Day 4 Ujamaa – COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS
Day 5 Nia – PURPOSE
Day 6 Kuumba – CREATIVITY
Day 7 Imani – FAITH
There are rituals for each day (none include blood-letting, magical incantations or anything like that) so there is a bit of structure involved… And I acknowledge there are a number of
excuses reasons why it is difficult to get a family to do anything for 7 days straight.
But I digress, again.
To make it simple and plain: Kwanzaa reinforces the concepts needed to ensure a strong family and community.
Isn’t that a universal desire?
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