The Seven Principles and Days of Kwanzaa

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Nia Egwin of the United Black Community discusses how to celebrate Kwanzaa including the seven principles and days of Kwanzaa.

    Nia Egwin: Jambo! Jambo means hello in Kiswahili. My name is Nia and today we are showing you how to celebrate Kwanzaa. In this segment, we will be talking or discussing the seven principles and how they correspond with the seven days of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days from December 26 to January 1st. Each day corresponds with the principle within Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles. The seven principles are Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani.

    On December 26, we celebrate Umoja. Umoja means unity, to strive for and maintain unity within our family, community, nation and race.

    December 27th is for Kujichagulia, self-determination, to define ourselves, think for ourselves, speak for ourselves and name ourselves.

    December 28 is for Ujima or collective work and responsibility. Ujima means to build and maintain our own community and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our own problems and solve them together.

    The next day, December 29 is for Ujamaa, Ujamaa means Cooperative Economics. To build and maintain our own stores, shops, businesses and institutions and profit from them together.

    December 30th is for Nia which means purpose. To make our collective vocation, the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

    The next day, December 31th is for Kuumba, Creativity; to always do as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

    Our final day in Kwanzaa is January 1st, January 1st is for Imani, Faith; to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

    And now for our next segment, preparations for Kwanzaa.