HAPPY KWANZAA 7 PRINCIPLES THAT YOU SHOULD LIVE BY DAILY
SO WHAT'S THE NEWS? Most people know that Kwanzaa is a celebration of some sort; it takes place during the Christmas season, and it somehow involves black people—but other than that they are pretty clueless. The name “Kwanzaa” is actually a loose translation of the Swahili expression "matunda ya kwanza," or "first fruits of the harvest”—it’s based on the various harvest festivals that take place in Africa. Kwanzaa isn’t a religious holiday; it’s more of a cultural celebration running from December 26 to January 1. Contrary to popular belief it’s not meant to replace Christmas, Baby Jesus or Santa Claus—in fact most followers celebrate Kwanzaa alongside Christmas.
In my search I came across an article on Yahoo News By Nisean Lorde that gave me more information about Kwanzaa. Kudos to Pat Howel a award winning Community leader and Founder of the
MARKHAM AFRICAN CARIBBEAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION also known as MACCA for keeping yearly celebrations for Kwanzaa as well as The Harriet Tubman Community Organization and A Organization that I work closely with Young Potential Fathers for their upcoming event December 26 2015 at Ujima House which is a Kwanzaa principle that means Collective Work & Responsibility (To build and maintain our community .
Ujima House is community space located at the corner of Weston Rd & Lawrence , 1901 Weston Rd unit 18.
The seven days of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba):
- Umoja: Unity - Unity of the family, community, nation and race
- Kujichagulia: Self-Determination - Being responsible for your own conduct and behaviour
- Ujima: Collective work and responsibility - Working to Help each other and in the community
- Ujamaa: Cooperative economics - Working to build shops and businesses
- Nia: Purpose - Remembering and restoring African and African American cultures, customs and history
- Kuumba: Creativity - Using creating and your imagination to make communities better
- Imani: Faith - Believing in people, families, leaders, teachers and the righteousness of the African American struggle
Happy Kwanzaa to you all but lets not forget the feast that goes along with this week long celebration. Since I love food and I love celebrating, here a list, Of favorite African-American dishes, as well as traditional African, Caribbean, and South American recipes. On December 31, the holiday culminates in a feast called Karamu, and Kwanzaa tables overflow with the best of everything.
In the spirit of the holiday, we've put together this bountiful buffet to help you bring a delicious Kwanzaa into your home. Recipes range from Caribbean fruits and jerk sauce to classic Southern sweet potatoes and catfish, as well as black-eyed peas and collard greens for good luck and money in the New Year. Mix and match for a feast that's sure to please. Get recipes Here FROM OUR FRIENDs over at EPICURIOUS http://www.epicurious.com/archive/holidays/kwanzaa/feast
Find 22 KWANZAA RECIPES TO ENJOY DURING THE SEASON AND ALL YEAR ROUND http://www.food.com/slideshow/traditional-kwanzaa-food-194
How Kwanzaa is celebrated in The 6ix (Toronto)
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