Kwanzaa!!! 🎊🙏👪🎉A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture!
Established by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, California. 🙏🙏🙏 2016 is the 50th anniversary of Kwanzaa, 🎊🎉👏💪🙏👪 the annual African American holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.
The candle-lighting ceremony each evening provides the opportunity to gather and discuss the meaning of Kwanzaa.
The first night, the black candle in the center is lit (and the principle of Umoja/Unity is discussed). One candle is lit each evening and the appropriate principle is emphasized.
Posted here are The Seven Principles, or Nguzo Saba, which are a set of ideals created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. ☝☝☝ Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 after the #Wattsriots in Los Angeles, California. As he searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community. He founded US, a cultural organization and founding organization of Kwanzaa.
He started the development of Kwanzaa by researching African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations and combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa. #Swahili is the language used to celebrate the Kwanzaa tradition.
He incorporated Marcus Garvey's coined Black Nation in the making colors along with African flag colors (Black, Red, and Green) into the Kwanzaa tradition and celebration.
Happy #Kwanzaa!!!! 🎊🎉🎊🎉Day 2: #Kujichagulia #Selfderermination!!! Sources:
-The Phenomenal Women Group Inc.