While my Jewish friends are winding down from Hanukah and our own family revs up for Christmas, I’m reminded of the 3rd, most mysterious holiday celebrated in December: Kwanzaa.
In Honor of Kwanzaa – A Kwanzaa Infographic
My Uncle is the only family member I can think of that has consistently celebrated Kwanzaa. He’s a man who’s very dedicated to our African heritage and our African-American history. A man who’s been so passionate about the edcation of children of color, he’s gone from teacher, to principal, and is now the Superintendent in an inner-city school system. When I think of Kwanzaa, I always think of him.
There is still little known about this meaningful holiday created right here in the U.S., and I love that Degree Search released an infographic (seen above) to help those who would like to know more about the history and significance of Kwanzaa.
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is known for the seven principles that are celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. Each principle is honored on each day, in this order:
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)
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.
Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Want to know even more about Kwanzaa? The History channel has a detailed post about this holiday that was created in 1966.
Infographic via: DegreeSearch.org