Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition


 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

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What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween. But during this season I choose Kwanzaa which is an African-American Cultural Holiday celebrating Black culture and Unity. Actually it can be observed by All persons of African Descent. Kwanzaa enables me to return and honor the traditions of my African Ancestors.

Official Definition

Kwan·zaa
ˈkwänzə/
noun

NORTH AMERICAN
  1. a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

Unfortunately since I’m always at work I don’t do any cooking nor do I get to attend the Kwanzaa celebrations I’m invited to.  However I do have some African garb which I plan to wear and I will post sometime between December 26th and Jan. 1st.

http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml

Do you travel for your holiday?

No. It’s not necessary.

Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

It does have spiritual aspects but it can be celebrated by African-Americans of all faiths and belief systems. It is a way for Black people to celebrate Our African Heritage! Celebrating Family, Community and Culture.  Kwanzaa means First Fruits!!

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/kwanzaa-history

  • The Nguzo Saba of the seven days of Kwanzaa:
  • Day 1. Umoja means unity.
  • Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
  • Day 3. Ujima means working together.
  • Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
  • Day 5. Nia means purpose.
  • Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
  • Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.

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Is there a gift exchange?

No. Kwanzaa does not focus or greed or gift giving. It is all about Black Unity!! Umoja!!

How long does the celebration last?

Seven days.

 

 

 

 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

The job is going well. People like me and I’m accepted at my workplace. Looking forward to Kwanzaa!!  May the Seven 7 Principles Live Strong and Proud in All Peoples of African Descent!!  Ase!!

 

 

 

 

 

19 thoughts on “Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition

  1. Being a Brit living in Switzerland I have never heard of this holiday, but it sounds very meaningful and interesting. So have a happy Kwanza or whatever when it happens.

    1. Thank you. I hope you got to take a look at the videos also. I will enjoy my Kwanzaa and hope to post some photos of me in my African outfits soon. Happy Holidays to the AngloSwiss household!!

      1. To follow up on the initial poster, where is Kwanzaa celebrated? Is it not big in the UK or Switzerland? Is it something that is developing there? I am a white person living in the US, and have heard of it, though I don’t hear it very often since I left grad school. Great post, Palm Trees! Thank you!

      2. Okay, I wondered that, but I didn’t want to just assume it. Is it celebrated in Africa as well? Or is it more of an American holiday for African-Americans to celebrate the African part of them?

      3. No I don’t believe it’s celebrated in Africa as the holiday was developed in America 50 years ago. Kwanzaa function is to honor the African traditions and culture we lost after being brought to America. Yes honoring our African ancestry.

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