Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/26)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 26 : First Day of Kwanzaa

Did you know today is the first day of Kwanzaa?

On the first day of Kwanzaa the black candle is lit in the Kinara. The black candle represents the first principleUmoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity. The person who lights the candle might make a statement about the first principle and its meaning. Sometimes a passage or poem is read relating to what the principle means and how it relates to their life.

Then the Umoja (Unity Cup) might be filled with fruit juice and shared among those gathered. Each takes a drink and passes to the next. Some families prefer to use a Unity cup for each member, or the cup can just be left in the center of the Kwanzaa table. After the sharing of the Unity cup the candles are extinguished till the next day.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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