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The History of Kwanzaa

Doctor Maulana Karenga
 Doctor Maulana Karenga, a Professor at California State University in Long Beach, California, created Kwanzaa in 1966. It is a holiday celebrated by millions of African-Americans around the world, encouraging them to remember their African heritage and consider their current place in America today. Kwanzaa is celebrated fom December 26 to January 1 and involves seven principles called Nguzo Saba: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

In the Kwanzaa ritual, seven candles called Mishumaa Saba are placed in a Kinara, or candleholder, which is then set upon the Mikeka, a mat usually made of straw.
Three green candles are placed on the left, three red candles on the right and a black candle in the center, each candle representing one of the seven principles of the celebration. One candle is lit each day of the Kwanzaa celebration, beginning from left to right The colors of Kwanzaa ~ black, red and green ~ also have a special significance. Black symbolizes the faces of the African people, Red symbolizes the blood they have shed, and Green represents hope and the color of the motherland. The name itself - Kwanzaa - is a Swahili word meaning "fruits of the harvest."

Doctor Maulana Karenga explains why Kwanza in this video.

Below are books, activity books for children, DVD's, ties, a bib, mp3's, music and recipe books. All on Kwanza. Order early so you will have what you need for the Kwanza holiday.

My First KwanzaaSeven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa StoryKwanzaa DanceMy First Kwanza BookThe Story of Kwanzaa (Trophy Picture Books)Seven Days Of KwanzaaHappy Happy KwanzaaHolidays Around the World: Celebrate Kwanzaa: With Candles, Community, and the Fruits of the HarvestLi'l Rabbit's KwanzaaThe Gifts of KwanzaaSet of Kwanza Kwanzaa CandlesKwanzaa (Rookie Read-About Holidays)The Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural HarvestTogether for Kwanzaa (Pictureback(R))The Sound Of KwanzaaKwanzaa-Umoja-Uhuru (Swahili) (First Fruits Of The Harvest-Unity-Freedom)Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African-American Holiday TraditionKwanzaa Party Decoration NecktieK Is For KwanzaaKwanzaa Arc Candleholder & Celebration Set - Made in GhanaA Kwanzaa Celebration Pop-Up Book : CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY WITH NEW TRADITIONS AND FEASTSLight The Candles - KwanzaaKwanzaa: From Holiday to Every DayThe Rugrats' First KwanzaaBB SET MINI KWANZAA7 Days of Kwanzaa SongFruits of the Harvest: Recipes to Celebrate Kwanzaa and Other HolidaysKwanzaa Fun: Great Things to Make and Do (Holiday Fun)JATS Holiday Classics: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kwanzaa! (Jats 8x8)Baby Bib with the image of: Kwanzaa, candlesThe Kwanzaa AlbumSanta's KwanzaaParty Decoration Necktie with the image of: Happy Kwanzaa!Seven Kwanzaa CandlesKwanzaa and Me: A Teacher's StorySeven Candles for Kwanzaa (Picture Puffins)Celebra Kwanzaa con Botitas y sus gatitos / Celebrate Kwanzaa with Boots and Her Kittens (Cuentos Para Celebrar / Stories to Celebrate) (Spanish Edition)Kwanzaa Crafts: Gifts & Decorations For A Meaningful & Festive Celebration

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