View Full Version : Kwanzaa (If you ever wondered)

Dec 27th, 2005, 02:33 AM
Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga Observe each year starting the day after Christmas. Each day, a different principle is studied. The language of the principles is Swahili.

NGUZO SABA (The Seven Principles)

Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity) 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 (Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Dec 27th, 2005, 03:39 AM
I was going to ask..does anyone here celebrate it?yes

No Name Face
Dec 27th, 2005, 04:10 AM

i learned about it somewhat, but i don't think the black side of my family celebrates it. i know my immediate family doesn't.

Gonzo Hates Me!
Dec 27th, 2005, 04:47 AM
I am Nigerian and we just celebrate X-mas. I don't know any black people who celebrate it. So Volcana, I am asking you, what is the pattern of who celebrates it? Is it mostly United States African Americans? It is such a known holiday yet I think it is bizarre that you don't meet that many people who celebrate it

Dec 27th, 2005, 10:00 AM
Hotep Volcana-thanks for posting the principles of Kwaanza. I went to a beautiful celebration last night, filled with music, poetry and great food. :wavey:


Dec 27th, 2005, 10:51 AM
what is the pattern of who celebrates it? Is it mostly United States African Americans?As far as I know. There are probably a few people in Africa who observe it, but it's definitely of American origin. The idea, among other things, was to observe principles that linked back to the continent. That may be why the terms are Swahili.