Today was the first day of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an African Holiday celebrated around the world rooted in community, family, heritage, and foundation. Kwanzaa was created in the 1960s by Dr. Maulana Karenga. It was created to reinforce The Nguzo Saba principles that contribute to building family, community and culture among African Americans. The Nguzo Saba or Seven Principals are followed, and recited each day during Kwanzaa. The last day of Kwanzaa is New Years Day, so for me these Seven Days have always been my chance to focus and start the ground work for my plans in the New Year.
This morning I woke up texting my mom and sisters with “Habari Gani”, in Swahili means, “what’s the news”. The responses started coming in. Today is UMOJA! UMOJA means Unity. Today we strive to keep unity in our These are the days that we tighten our daily lives and jn our community. We work on tightening our bonds by reflecting on what we can do better in Supporting one another. Tonight we light the first candle for UMOJA. For more information checkout Official Kwanzaa Website