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Principles and symbols of Kwanzaa

Principles and symbols of Kwanzaa

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Courtesy of wikipedia.com Kwanzaa celebrates what its foundercalled the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba , which Karenga said “isa communitarian African philosophy,” consisting of what Karenga called “the best ofAfrican thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.” Theseseven principles comprise *Kawaida, a Swahiliterm for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one ofthe following principles, as follows: Umoja : To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Kujichagulia : To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. {{more}} Ujima : To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together. Ujamaa : To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. > Nia : To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Kuumba : 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 : To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. Kwanzaa symbols include a decorativemat on which other symbols are placed, corn and other crops, a candle holderwith seven candles, called a kinara, a communal cup for pouring libations,gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag. Thesymbols were designed to convey the seven principles.[7]

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