Learn about African food, history and culture

Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history. Established 2008 Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet are learning tools to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.

Popular_Topics

Welcome from Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet

A lion that is caged will hate the one that is free. - with love from your ancestors

Monday, December 25, 2017

Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year Off Right


Kwanzaa



Umoja (oo-MO-jah) means Unity
Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) means Self-Determination
Ujima (oo-jah-MAH) means Collective Work and Responsibility
Ujamaa (U-jay-ma) means Cooperative Economics
Nia (NEE-ah) means Purpose
Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) means Creativity
Imani (ee-MAH-nee) means Faith
Kwanzaa Is Meant to Help You Start the New Year off Right


Imani (ee-MAH-nee) means Faith

Kwanzaa is meant to help you start the New Year off right. A new year inspires renewed energy and excitement for what could happen and Kwanzaa seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith fit right into the New Year resolutions wish list.

Beginning December 26 and lasting for seven days until the first day of the New Year, Kwanzaa is a celebration of everyone's community, family and culture.

Kwanzaa

History of Kwanzaa



Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of seven principles. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green; Black for the people, red for their struggle, and green for the future and success that comes from their struggle.

Seven Principles of Kwanzaa


Kwanzaa seven principles are known as the Nguzo Saba (n-GU-zo SAH-bah).

Dr. Maulana Karenga introduced Kwanzaa in 1966 to the Africans of the American diaspora as a ceremonial celebration to welcome the first fruit harvests in the Americas. Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa “to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to the building and reinforcing of family, community, and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community”.

Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa is not an African Christmas celebration, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green. Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that begins on December 26 and ends on January 1.

Kwanzaa has seven symbols that represent the values reflective of a peaceable world known as the Nguzo Saba. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili term, "matunda ya kwanza", which means first-fruits, Kwanzaa is based on African harvest celebrations.

What is Kwanzaa? People of many faiths, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a time for all communities to gather together to celebrate ancestry, African culture, future, and past endeavors and virtues. Kwanzaa can be used as a positive force in all communities. Kwanzaa pays respect to beloved ancestors and to elders for their wisdom, knowledge, sacrifice, and fortitude.
People of many faiths, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds celebrate Kwanzaa.

Share this page

Search

Search Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet for more information about Africa ... ...

Getting Your Goat

Easy Goat-Meat-Recipes Cookbook
cover art: serving dishes, cooking goat
Getting Your Goat: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Goat Meat with Original Recipes and Classic Stories -
Paperback by
Price: $12.99 In Stock
Product details 224 pages Publisher: Amazon Company - July 1, 2012 Language: English ISBN-10: 1492995630

Chic African Culture Featured Articles

Find your true life work in Africa.

A bird sits on a tree it likes - African Proverb