Celebrating Kwanzaa

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by SHANNON POWELL HART

WFAA

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 6:02 PM

7 Symbols of Kwanzaa:

1. Mat = foundation upon which all the other symbols sit
 
2. Candle Holder = African ancestors
 
3. 7 candles: 1 black - 3 red - green = represent 7 principles of Kwanzaa
 
4. Unity Cup = pour libation to ancestors and drunk from to demonstrate unity
 
5. Crops (fruits/vegetable) = harvest and reward of our collective labor
 
6. Ears of Corn = represent children
 
7. Gifts = commitments kept by children and fruits of the labor of children
 

Principles of Kwanza:


December 26 - Unity - light black candle
 
December 27 - Self-determination - light red candle
 
December 28 - Collective Work and Responsibility - light green candle
 
December 29 - Cooperative Economics - light red candle
 
December 30 - Purpose - light green candle
 
December 31 - Creativity - red candle
 
January 1 - Faith - green candle
 

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