First Day of Kwanzaa

Kinara Disply from Kwanzaa website

Kwanzaa Kinara Display

Kwanzaa December 26 – January 1

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa and is marked by the lighting of the black middle candle on the Kinara. It represents the principle of Umoja – unity.  As it says on the official Kwanzaa website, “There is no way to understand and appreciate the meaning and message of Kwanzaa without understanding and appreciating its profound and pervasive concern with values. Kwanzaa inherits this value concern and focus from Kawaida, the African philosophical framework in which it was created Kawaida philosophy is a communitarian African philosophy which is an ongoing synthesis of the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.”

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