Celebrate Kwanzaa – Candle Lighting

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nia Egwin of the United Black Community discusses how to celebrate Kwanzaa including the candle lighting.

    Nia Egwin: Jambo! I am Nia, and we are showing you today how to celebrate Kwanzaa. In this segment, we will show how to properly light the seven candles. The first candle or Mishumaa is the black candle. The black candle is placed in the middle of the Kinara. The black candle represents Unity, the first principle in the Nguzo Saba.

    The next day of Kwanzaa, December 27 is Kujichagulia. On this day, first red candle, next to Umoja candle should be lit.

    On the next day of Kwanzaa, December 28 is Ujima. On that day a green candle. Again that's next to the Umoja candle should be lit.

    On the next day, December 29 is Ujamaa, a red candle should be lit. On the following day, December 30th, Nia, a green candle should be lit.

    On the day following, December 31st, a red candle for Kuumba should be lit. And our final candle, end day Imani on January 1st should be lit.

    Now, that we know how to light the candle, next we will be discussing what to do during Kwanzaa.