Share Your World – 2016 Week 51 – Favorite Holiday Edition
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.
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.
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!!
- 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.
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?
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!!