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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for December 27, 2012-KWANZAA A Cultural Celebration (Vol.12, Iss.2)

The first U.S. postage stamp commemorating Kwa...

The first U.S. postage stamp commemorating Kwanzaa, issued in 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kwanzaa– A Cultural Celebration

Kwanzaa is an African American cultural holiday. The name comes from Swahili “mutanda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits”.

First fruits celebrations originate from ancient Egypt and Nubia. They were the inspiration for the modern version of Kwanzaa founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, a time of African-Americans‘ struggle for civil rights.

Kwanzaa is occurs between Dec 26 and Jan 1, honouring human dignity, community, culture and people’s relationship with the environment. Respect is paid to the ancestors and new commitments to one’s community are taken on. Each day of the festival focuses on a different one of seven values including Umoja (Unity), Kujichaguilia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

During the festival homes, churches and places for communal gathering are decorated in black, red and green signifying future and hope. On Dec 31 a big feast (Karamu) takes place which is usually a product of joint communal effort. http://bit.ly/Ttaq7D

Pause and pray for the families and friends of those who died tragically at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut
                                                                                                                          ****Rest Peacefully Monica Harris Spires*****
Young Entrepreneurs Society, YES! Hosts monthly social networking events to encourage and cultivate professional growth and business developmentThe YES! Network first Social Networking Event, “How to Publish and Successfully Market Your Book” hosted at O’Charley’s Restaurant in Orlando, Florida on January 19, 2012, from 11:30-1:00pm.
*****Join Dr. Loretta Faith Harris for the “Developing the Business Professional Workshop Series”, April 2013, Nova Southeastern University Orlando,FL to register go to http://dbp4.eventbrite.com/ ******
Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pm ESTjoin us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris
Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild.http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology”
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