Wednesday, 26 December 2012

happy Kwanzaa!

image credit: Celebrate Green!
Kwanzaa (the name comes from a Swahili expression reading
”matunda ya kwanza” meaning ”the first fruits of the harvest”
 
and referring to the first African harvest celebrations) is a
week-long celebration created back in 1966 by Dr. Maulana
Karenga to honor the African heritage in Afro-American
culture the first day of which coincides with Boxing Day.
The choice of Swahili language highlights Kwanzaa's
pan-Africanism and its core values of unity, collective work
and responsibility, creativity, self-improvement and faith
and was not created to give people an alternative to their
own religion or religious holidays so we can freely celebrate
it along with Xmas. Check the celebration's official website
to know more about it and its proud begetter (though he 
will never claim it as a personal achievement).
'Heri za Kwanzaa'!

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