With one holiday complete, it’s time to begin celebrating another. Today is the first day for Kwanzaa. According to the Official Kwanzaa Website, Kwanzaa:
is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.
I like this holiday as one of the gifts most commonly given to celebrate Kwanzaa is books. According to the Official Kwanzaa Website “the book is to emphasize the African value and tradition of learning stressed since ancient Egypt….”
So to all my friends out there, help me celebrate by buying me a book off my Amazon.com wish list. Just kidding!!! 🙂
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December 26, 2002 at 7:04 pm
About five years ago, I gave my mom a Kwanzaa card. From Hallmark, I think. It had a colorful conceptual painting of a lovely mother figure; the inside greeting celebrated motherhood. I wasn’t looking for a Kwanzaa card; it just jumped out at me.
It took at lot to make my mom cry, but that card did it.
People of all sorts work hard and need holidays — and should be reminded of the importance of family.