The word Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili word "Kwanza," which means "first" or "first fruit." The holiday is based on ancient African harvest festivals which emphasized teamwork and accomplishment.
1.Umoja (Unity) - to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, and nation
2.Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) - to define ourselves, speak for ourselves
3.Ujima (Collective Responsibility) - to build and maintain our community together and solve problems together
4.Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - to build and maintain our own business and profit together
5.Nia (Purpose) - to make our collective vocation the building of our community
6.Kuumba (Creativity) - to do always as much as we can to leave our community better than we inherited
7.Imani (Faith) - to believe with all our hearts in our people, family, leaders, and the worth of our people
1.Mlela (Place Mat) - symbol of history; "today stands on yesterday" as the other symbols stand on the Mkeka
2.Kikombe Cha Umoja (Big Cup) - symbol of unity
3.Mazao (Fruits and Vegetables) - symbol of the harvest
4.Muhindi (Corn) - one ear of corn for each child
5.Kinara (Candle Holder) - symbol of origin
6.Mishumaa Saba (Candles) - one black candle at the center, three red candles on the left, three green candles on the right
7.Zawadi (Gifts) - gifts for the children's good behavior in the past year
1.Black - unity
2.Red - long struggle for fairness and freedom
3.Green - the future
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