Daily Bread 12/26

We hope everyone is in the spirit of the season and enjoying the holidays. Whatever holiday you may be celebrating, enjoy yourselves and your family time which is priceless.

The highlight for today is Kwanzaa. Many African Americans do not celebrate this holiday but we believe you should reconsider.

According to:

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA – AFRICAN STUDIES, ” This celebration is not a festival originating in any of the 55 African countries nor is it an “African” Christmas celebration. Kwanzaa is an African-Americans celebration of life from 26 December to 1 January.

Kwanza was introduced in the USA in 1966 by Dr.Maulana Karenga.

The purpose of the festival was to have a ritual welcoming the first harvest to the home.

Perr University of Pennsylvania  – African Studies,”The word “kwanza” is a KiSwahili (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) word meaning “first.””.

Values

Ingathering

Reverence

Commemoration

Recommitment

Celebration

Principles (nguzo saba)

Unity(Umoja)

Self-Determination (Kujichagulia)

Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima)

Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa)

Purpose (Nia)

Creativity (Kuumba)

Faith (Imani)

Symbol

The symbols of Kwanzaa includes crops (mzao) which represents the historical roots of African-Americans in agriculture and also the reward for collective labor, according to University of Pennsylvania- African Studies.

To learn and read more about Kwanzaa visit the University of Pennsylvania – African studies site below.

https://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/Kwanzaa_What_16661.html

I first learned about Kwanzaa from my teacher in elementary school and it always stuck in the back of my mind, but I always wondered why my family never celebrated it. It may be because they were unaware and no one told them about it. It could also be as many decide to just stick with regular traditions. Now I’m older and have my own family,  we have begun to incorporate celebrating this beautiful Holiday  into our lifestyle. It is not easy because none of us are truly used to it. I will be Patient and see how this goes over time.

What are your thoughts on this celebration?

Philippians 4:9 KJV

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

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