Kwanzaa Day 1: ‘Umoja’ which means ‘Unity’ of global Africans

InformAfricans – Today [Dec. 26] is the 1st day of Kwanzaa and the principle of the day is ‘Umoja’, which means ‘Unity’. Kwanzaa is a week-long festival for the purpose of honoring and celebrating Afrikan culture and traditions with family, friends and community. It is celebrated from December 26 to January 1st every year.

Kwanzaa principle Umoja-Unity, African Americans

Today [Dec. 26] is the 1st day of Kwanzaa and the principle of the day is ‘Umoja’, which means ‘Unity’.

“Umoja”: To strive and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race”. 

The opposite of “Unity” is “Division” and division is one of the weapons the oppressors have used for ages to divide us mentally and physically. This is why, a race divided against itself cannot stand, and the West know this very well.

The more ‘united’ we are, the ‘stronger’ we become. The more ‘divided’ we are, the ‘weaker’ we become. Today’s Kwanzaa principle [Umoja] is an opportunity for me to remind global Africans [Blacks] to do all things necessary to unite and stay united!

Dr. Maulana Karenga founded Kwanzaa presumably in 1968 (other sources states 1966, 1967) as a cultural celebration. Its main goal is to help African-Americans (Blacks) define themselves as a people and to further the understanding of African culture.

The name ‘Kwanzaa’ was derived from the Swahili word ‘matunda ya kwanza’, meaning “first fruits of the harvest“. Dr. Karenga established the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) for inspiration and common goals for the African-American community to practice all year long.

For Africans on the continent [or even in diaspora] who are not aware or familiar with Kwanzaa; it is an annual cultural observance which is recognized by conscious Black people [African-Americans] from December 26 thru January 1st, every year. Kwanzaa is a great way for Africans [Blacks] born in the US to observe, celebrate and re-connect with their Afrikan roots.

This holiday or festival, is mostly important among Africans [Blacks] in diaspora and in my opinion, it’s a reminder of who we are [Afrikans], where we come from [Afrika] and where we are going [the preservation and betterment of Afrika].

Celebrate all things Afrikan [African] that is good all year long!

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