kwanzaa

 We sometimes need to be reminded that Christmas is not the only holiday that occurs at this time of the year.  We all bring from our various roots, celebrations and activities that honor our history, ancestors and religions. One such celebration is Kwanzaa, the seven days starting December 26th which highlight the seven principles important to those us who are of African descent.  Those seven principles are:Umoja – unity, of family, community, nation and raceKujichagulia – speaks to self-determinationUjima – collective work and responsibility to build and maintain our community Ujamaa – cooperative economics as a means of building our businessesNia – purpose, a collective vocation to build and develop our communityKuumba – creativity, to do as much and in any way we can to leave our community more beautiful than we inherited itImani – faith in our people, our parents, teachers and leaders and in the righteousness of our struggle. Besides those seven principles, the symbols that mark our celebrations include crops, the mat, kinara (candle holder), seven candles, corn, unity cup, gifts (called zawadi), kwanzaa flag and poster. Kwanzaa speaks to creativity, to community building, to business development, commitment and faith – and so does etsy.  In celebration of Kwanzaa, buy yourself a zawadi such as the fierce African print stockings from vyphuisdesigns.etsy.com 

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