7 Kwanzaa Principles Explained
According to Dr. Karenga, the 7 Kwanzaa Principles were designed to solidify the values of African culture. These principles are based on family, culture and community among all African Americans regardless of their religious affiliations. Known as Nguzo Saba, these principles are the basic foundation upon which all values are reinforced and in which a solid commitment is formed.
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Decorating For Kwanzaa
The decorations utilized to celebrate Kwanzaa are quite beautiful. The symbols traditionally used encompass a variety of items which hold a great deal of history and culture as well.
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Kwanzaa Gift Ideas
Since Kwanzaa gifts are mainly given to children, here are some gift ideas for the holiday.
One of the key components in celebrating Kwanzaa is to recognize one’s heritage, culture and history. To this end, one of the most important gifts you can give a child is a book on African history. This serves to enhance a child’s knowledge on African culture and reinforces the continuity of education as a primary source for every child to understand African values. Along with a book, a symbol of their heritage should also be included. This symbol can be in the form of art, a CD or hand-made beads to invoke a sense of history and tradition.
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The 7 Symbols of Kwanzaa
In addition to the 7 Kwanzaa Principles established by Kwanzaa founder Dr. Karenga, there are also the 7 Symbols of Kwanzaa. Each of these symbols represents the values of the African culture and is used to reinforce one’s commitment to community, family and unity.
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The History of Kwanzaa
The sixties was a turbulent time, especially for African Americans. As a way of preserving African American culture, Dr. Maulana Karenga created a cultural holiday from December 26 through January 1. In 1966 Kwanzaa was born out of a need for all African Americans, regardless of their religious beliefs, to come together and celebrate family, tradition and community.
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Kwanzaa Games and Crafts for Kids
One of the many facets of celebrating Kwanzaa is for kids to engage in games and crafts for the holiday. Here are some ideas you can incorporate into your seven-day Kwanzaa celebration.
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