Happy Kwanzaa

Looking ahead to the start of Kwanzaa…
December 26 marks the start of Kwanzaa, also spelled Kwanzaa, holiday observed in the US, meant to honor African Americans’ ancestral roots. The celebration lasts until January 1

Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunday ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits,”

The holiday is defined by the seven principals and each day of the festival is dedicated to a specific one, marked by lighting a candle on the kinara, a seven-branched candelabra.

These are the seven principles of Kwanzaa:

Umoja

Umoja means unity in Swahili.

Karenga defines this on his Kwanzaa website as: “To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.”

Kujichagulia

Or self-determination. This principle refers to defining, naming, creating and speaking for oneself.

Ujima

Translated as “collective work and responsibility,” ujima refers to uplifting your community.

“To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together,” Karenga writes.

Ujamaa

Cooperative economics. Similar to ujima, this principle refers to uplifting your community economically. “To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together,” he writes.

Nia

Nia means purpose.

Karenga expands on this principle with, “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”

Kuumba

Meaning “creativity,” Karenga defines this principle as “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

The final principle translates to “faith.”

Karenga defines this as faith in community, writing, “To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.”

I believe that these principles can be applied to any community, it doesn’t matter what race, religion or political party you belong to, it just makes sense for people to uplift each other in our communities and work together no mater where you live you must co exist and work togethe, built each other up not tear each other apart. For if we tear each other apart and do not educate and embrace each other, each other cultures and respect each other , people will never live in peace ☮️ and work together in unity and our children and grandkids will not have a beautiful world to life in and that would totally defeat my purpose, Gods purpose.

Published by maryshannonhurst

My name is Mary Shannon Hurst, I am a mother of three children, and two grandchildren. Making the transition navigating my way through teenage pregnancy, motherhood, marriages, divorces and navigating sisterhood, job skills training, community relations, international relations, cultural relations, and educating children begins as soon as they are conceived from the foods that go into their mouths the nutrition that they eat, if they get enough sunshine, and exercise fresh air hugs and love and attention. I believe there is a reason and a purpose for everything, from scribbles, to spilled paint, over spray happens, paint bleeds, chalk dust gets up your nose you sneeze. Just like pollen in the air, and dust in the air makes you sneeze and some people pee a little but when they sneeze. If you make a mistake, or have an accident you clean it up. You laugh, a little or cry a little or a lot and go on about your day, you own it. Clean up your mess. Always find a reason to smile, find some joy in everyday. Always be kind. And Pay it Forward. Tell someone you Love them, Have a Nice Blessed Day!

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