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Kwanzaa Celebration


Kwanzaa Celebration

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Inside greeting: 
May the Principles of Kwanzaa strengthen you in mind, body and spirit throughout the coming year.

 Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday celebrating history, culture, family and community. It begins December 26th and runs seven days through January 1st and focuses on values, culture and history, Kwanzaa encourages people to learn more about their roots and to focus upon their values. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one which many people observe along with Christmas and/or Hanukkah.

SEVEN SYMBOLS OF KWANZAA MAZAO = THE CROPS These are symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor.

MKEKA = KWANZAA MAT This is symbolic of our tradition and history and therefore, the foundation on which we build.

KINARA = KWANZAA CANDLE HOLDER This is symbolic of our roots, our parent people -- continental Africans.

MUHINDI = CORN This is symbolic of our children and our future which they embody.

MISHUMAA SABA = KWANZAA CANDLES These are symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by.

KIKOMBE CHA UMOJA = UNITY CUP This is symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible.

ZAWADI = KWANZAA GIFTS These are symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.

"Kwanzaa Celebration, 2008" is by Fran Gregory, CSJ Associate and is the first edition of an annual Kwanzaa series. Each year the newest design will be made available as cards and prints for those who would like to collect the series. Greeting cards 5"x7", 

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