Kwanzaa Day 5: Today’s Principle is Nia (Purpose)

InformAfrica – Today is the 5th Day of Kwanzaa, and today’s principle in Swahili is ‘Nia’ (Purpose); which is to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kwanzaa Day 5:  Nia (Purpose): To further the understanding of African culture and restore our traditional greatness!
Kwanzaa Day 5: Nia (Purpose): To further the understanding of African culture and restore our traditional greatness!

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, to further the understanding of African culture, and decrease the commercialism of the American Christmas.

The original word Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili language which means first fruits to celebrate the harvest of crops. Dr. Karenga established the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles) for inspiration and common goals for the African-American community to practice all year long.

Nia - Purpose (Kwanzaa Celebration)
“In a world where there is an urgent need to move beyond petty and perverse purposes and narrow and narcissistic concerns, the principle and practice of Nia (Purpose) provides us with an expansive ethical alternative. For it teaches us the collective vocation of bringing, increasing and sustaining good in the world, and insuring the well-being, health and wholeness of the world.” – Dr. Maulana Karanga

“Kuna Karamu” – “Let’s Celebrate” -Swahili 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.