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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009/10 (01/01)

Friday, January 1st, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Jan. 01 : Seventh Day of Kwanzaa

Did you know today is the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa?

On the seventh day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red candle, the next green, the final red and then the final green candle. This represents the 7th principle of KwanzaaImani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith.

The seventh principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and all seven candles are extinguished. Kwanzaa is over.

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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(January 01) Today we're celebrating. . .  The 7th, and Final, Day of Kwanzaa

Friday, January 1st, 2010

The 7th Day of Kwanzaa
The 7th, and last day, of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the seventh day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red candle, the next green, the final red and then the final green candle. This represents the 7th principle of Kwanzaa – Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith.

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/31)

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 31 : Sixth Day of Kwanzaa

Did you know today is the sixth day of Kwanzaa?

On the sixth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red, the next green and then the final red candle. This represents the 6th principle of Kwanzaa - Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity.

The sixth day, which occurs on New Years Eve, is a special day. This is the day of the Kwanzaa Karamu or Kwanzaa Feast. It is also a special day to remember the family’s ancestors when the Unity cup is shared. After everyone has taken a drink the candles are extinguished.

But before the Karamu is over, the eldest member of those present will read the Tamshi La Tutaonana (TAM-shi la Tu-ta-u-NA-na) as a farewell statement to the feast and the year.

Then the elder leads the guests in the Harambee (ha-RAM-bee) salute. Each person raises their right fist about as high as their shoulder, then pulls down forcefully until the elbow is next to next to their torso, saying “Harambee!” This is done seven times in unison. This concludes the Karamu celebration.

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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(December 31) Today we're celebrating. . .  The 6th Day of Kwanzaa

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The 6th Day of Kwanzaa
The 6th day of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the sixth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red, the next green and then the final red candle. This represents the 6th principle of Kwanzaa – Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity.

The sixth day, which occurs on New Years Eve, is a special day. This is the day of the Kwanzaa Karamu or Kwanzaa Feast. In the spirit of celebration many families invite their friends and family to join in the festivities.

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa 2009 (12/30)

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 30 : Fifth Day of Kwanzaa

Did you know today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa?

On the fifth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red and then the next green candle. This represents the 5th principle of KwanzaaNia (NEE-ah): Purpose.

The fifth principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and the candles are extinguished.

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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(December 30) Today we're celebrating. . .  The 5th Day of Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The 5th Day of Kwanzaa
The 5th day of a week long festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history.

On the fifth day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, the farthest right green, the next red and then the next green candle. This represents the 5th principle of Kwanzaa – Nia (NEE-ah): Purpose.

source: Kwanzaa on the Net – Seven Days of Celebration

Holiday Invite: Kwanzza on the Net

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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Kwanzaa yenu iwe na heri! Happy Kwanzaa!

Holidays on the Net is delighted to invite you to join us for our Kwanzaa celebration.

Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival, celebrating African American people, culture and history. It is a time of community gathering that begins on December 26th and continues through New Year’s Day.  

Join us as we uncover the story of Kwanzaa, including its beginnings in the 1960s and its celebration today by more than 18 million African Americans. Learn about the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and how each is practiced during the Kwanzaa week. Discover the meaning of the seven-branched candelabra known as the Kinara, which is lit each day of Kwanzaa.

Test your knowledge and have some fun with our Did You Know Kwanzaa feature, including interesting facts such as: Did you know that karamu is a large feast enjoyed on the last full day of Kwanzaa? Karamu is the high point of the Kwanzaa celebration.

If you would like create your own Kwanzaa celebration at home this year, you are sure to enjoy our extensive selection of Kwanzaa crafts, recipes and other holiday goodies. And be sure to share the Kwanzaa cheer with your loved ones by sending a free Kwanzaa e-card.  

We look forward to celebrating with you during this special time. Happy Kwanzaa from our family to yours!

Happy Holidays,

Louie and the Holiday Elves

 

 

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