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December 29, 2017

If the magic of the festive season has not yet permeated your house and just about every other place close to where you live then you must be living under a rock. Christmas has come alive once again. But what other holidays are around this time of the year, well, there is Hanukkah a Jewish celebration and then there is something else as well. An event relatively new in comparison to the history of Christmas and Hanukkah, the event we are discussing is none other than Kwanzaa. If you have never heard of the holiday, have no idea when it started, where it came from or why we celebrate it, then this is the article for you. So let us stop wasting time and dive right into the origins of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa A Brief History

Kwanzaa was originally founded in 1966 by Dr. Karenga; he was searching for a means to unite the African American community within the United States at the time. This was a particularly trying time as there had just recently been many protests, known collectively as the Watts riots. Therefore, Dr. Karenga began researching how harvest celebrations in Africa are observed, after much research into many different cultures in Africa, he combined the celebratory customs of many cultures including but not limited to the Zulus and the Ashanti people as well. The word Kwanzaa is actually pulled from a traditional Swahili term that when translated means first fruits.

Now Kwanzaa is not limited to a single method of interpretation when it comes to celebrating this holiday, just like each family puts their own spin on Christmas, each family puts their own traditions onto Kwanzaa. However, there are a few staple ingredients that help make this holiday truly special, some examples include listening to African music or drums, plenty of dancing, listening to poetry and stories or fables and of course, there must always be an enormous feast. It seems that overladen tables are the secret to all successful meals. Kwanzaa is held over a weeklong period and each night the whole family and possibly a couple friends and neighbors as well gather together to light a candle on the Kinara or candleholder.

Kwanzaa A Brief History

The seven candles lit over seven days each correspond to one of the seven principles of the African culture that helps bind together the African American community within the United States. The seven principles are as follows:

  1. Unity – which is where people work towards staying united not only as a family but as a community and a country
  2. Self-determination – this is the pursuit to decide who you are, identify yourself in your own way and not in the way others see you
  3. Collective work and responsibility – to create our own lives, homes, and paths together and to solve communal problems as one
  4. Collective economics – create an economic presence for the African American community and to support each other’s economic pursuits
  5. Purpose – to have a clear aim towards building up the stature of the African American community
  6. Creativity – to utilize in every way possible all resources and to ensure that the community and country is in a better situation than when we received it
  7. Faith – to believe wholeheartedly within the community, the parents, the servicemen and women within the African American community as well as their shared history

As you can clearly see Kwanzaa is a truly magical time of the year for the African American community within the United States and has a special place in many hearts. For all of your holiday information and more, visit Sir Holiday today. 




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The Kinara

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