Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Kwanzaa (Kwanzaa yenu iwe na heri!)

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Today is the first day of Kwanzaa.  Today’s principle is Unity (umoja)

To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

There are seven principles in total:

Self Determination (Kujichagulia)

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Collective Work & Responsibility (Ujima)

To build and maintain our community together and to make our Brother's and sister's problems, our problems and to solve them together.

Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa)

To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them.

Purpose (Nia)

To make as our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Creativity (Kuumba)

To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful than when we inherited it.

Faith (Imani)

To believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Each day we focus on and celebrate a new principle.

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It is a time of reflection upon our struggles and how we can move forward as a people.  For those seeking more information please see this link. The following is an excerpt from Dr. Maulana Karenga Kwanzaa message.

In the spirit of the steadfast faith of our ancestors, let us meditate on and give ever-deeper meaning in actual practice to this Kwanzaa wish of good and prayerful request of our ancestors: May we speak truth and do justice everywhere. May we always evaluate rightfully and not act in disregard of the sacred and the people. May we enter praised and leave loved everywhere we go. May our speech be wholesome and without blame or injury to others. May we reject evil and embrace joy. May we live a lifetime of peace. And may we pass in peace having done Maat and brought good in the world”.