Kwanzaa is a spiritual and festive celebration of the oneness and goodness of life which has nothing to do with any particular religion. Kawanzaa is an African-American cultural festival about the first harvest of crops. The history of the festival of Kwanzaa traces back to 30 years ago when Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga was disturbed by 1965 riots which took place in Los Angeles’ Watts area and to diminish their differences African-Americans needed a joyous and an annual festival called Kwanzaa. It came into existence in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga and is being observed by more than 15 million people all around the world, as reported by New York Times. This cultural festival begins on the December 26 and lasts for seven days till January 1. The name Kwanzaa means “ first fruits of the harvest” in Kiswahili , an East African language and the name is based on the seven guiding principles called Nguzo Saba , one for each day of the observance.
The principles of the festival of quanzaa are Umoja(unity),Kujichaguliya(self determination),Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa(cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). Before the beginning of the Quanza traditions, Kwanzaa decorations are done. A straw mat called Mkeka is placed on a table. A seven candle holder called Kwanzaa Kinara, and Mshumaa, the seven candles are placed on the Mkeka along with the ears of corns called Muhindi and the Kwanzaa unity cup called Kikombe Cha Umoja. Red, black and green are the official colors of Kwanzaa. These colors of Kwanzaa are depicted in those seven candles , three green ones placed on the left represents the African-American’s vision for the future , three red ones placed on the right represents their hardwork and struggles and a black one placed in the middle depicts the African-American people. After the Kwanzaa candle lighting ceremony, Kwanzaa celebrations and Kwanzaa activities take place which includes exchange of Kwanzaa gifts and beautifully hand crafted Kwanzaa cards. On December 31, a ceremony and a feast known as Karamu takes place where ancestors are honored and a table of highly enjoyable dishes is set along with Kwanzaa music and dancing. Dr. Karenga’s sole aim was to establish an annual event that would reflect the goal’s of the African-Americans of building a strong Kwanzaa family and developing brotherhood and unity among each other and because of these features Kwanzaa is considered to be a fast growing holiday and has gained tremendous acceptance worldwide. The basic principle of the festival of Kwanzaa is to strengthen our vision as a individual, honor our past and critically analyze our present and commit ourselves to productive yet successful future.
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