Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African American holiday. Karenga said his goal was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.”
At New Moon Girls we love the idea of a group of people celebrating themselves. We encourage girls to do that all the time!
People who celebrate Kwanzaa consider the seven principles during the next seven days:
- Collective Work and Responsibility
- Cooperative Economics
I think these are great ideas for all people to consider as our year ends, our seasons change, and we get ready to start anew.
To learn more about Kwanzaa symbols and Swahili words used to describe the seven principles, take a look at Joyous Kwanzaa!