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Facts about Kwanzaa … REVEALED!!!

Here are the colors of Kwanzaa. Black in the middle and green and red surrounding.

Here are the colors of Kwanzaa. Black in the middle and green and red surrounding.

Sabbar M., Staff Writer

Except for the fact that it is a African holiday most of us do not know a lot about Kwanzaa. Here are a few facts that tell you something about Kwanzaa.

1. Main Colors

According to the PBS website Kwanzaa has three main colors that each represent something on their own. Black stands for the culture, green for the rich african land and red is for the rich blood that unites the African ancestry.

2. Seven Principles

Kwanzaa has seven symbols that each mean something different. Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani.

Umoja means unity

kujichagulia meaning self-determination

Ujima means collective work and responsibility

Ujamaa represents cooperative economics

Nia stands for purpose

Kuumba means creativity

Imani represents faith.

3. Seven Symbols

Like the seven principles Kwanzaa also has seven symbols. That are all laid out on the table. They usually represent what the family is thankful for.Mazao, Mkeka, Kinara, Muhindi, Kikombe, Cha umoja, Zawadi and Mishumaa saba.

Mazao means crops,

Mkeka stands for mat,

Kinara is a candle holder, and

Muhinida means corn,

Cha umoja represents unity cup while zawadi stands for gifts,

Mishumaa saba means the seven candles that are laid out in a specific order on the table.

4. Happy Kwanzaa

Presidents of the U.S have wished the african community a happy Kwanzaa during their terms.President Barack Obama said “to all those celebrating Kwanzaa.We know that there are still too many Americans going through enormous challenges and trying to make ends meet,but we also know that in the spirit of Unity, or Umoja, we can overcome those challenges together.” George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said similar quotes during their terms.

5. Kwanzaa is a New Holiday when Compared to Most!

Kwanzaa is not the oldest holiday in fact, it is only 51 years old. It was first celebrated in the December of 1966 to the January of 1967.

 

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