KWANZAA is a seven day cultural holiday honored in the African and African-American communities, in celebration of their culture, family, and history. It is observed in the US from 26th December – 1st January. The name Kwanzaa, or “matunda ya kwanza” in the Swahili language, translates to “first fruits” and it signifies the first fruits of the harvest.
Families celebrate each day of Kwanzaa with a traditional meal and a combination of dancing, singing, poetry and storytelling. They also light one candle of the Kinara each night and discuss one of the seven principles/values of African culture known as Nguzo Saba.
Tonight, 26th December we light the black candle for UMOJA representing UNITY OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY, which is the central theme of Kwanzaa.
I hope you return tomorrow for day 2 of Kwanzaa, KUJICHAGULIA.
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