Celebrate Kwanzaa at Home in 2021
While there has been some controversy over Kwanzaa in the last several years, and that may be part of the reason events are becoming harder to find, the principles of Kwanzaa remain sound principles of living together as a community for everyone. If you would like to study these principles with your children, we have listed them below:
The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
Each principle has its day to be explored during the 7-day celebration.
- Unity: “Umoja”
- Self-determination: “Kujichagulia”
- Collective work and responsibility: “Ujima”
- Cooperative economics: “Ujamaa:
- Purpose: “Nia”
- Creativity: “Kuumba”
- Faith: “Imani”
To celebrate at home, you can download this printable from Scholastic, explaining the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa in a child-friendly manner with examples of how the principles can be incorporated into daily life and example of real-life heroes and role models who display these characteristics.
Kwanzaa is usually celebrated with feasts, so it could be fun to add observances to your own family dinners during the week. In 2021, it falls from Sunday to Saturday, so one large traditional meal on a weekend could either start the week or end it. You’ll also want to include music, dance, poetry, and stories as part of your family celebration.
Things You May Need On Hand*:
To celebrate you may want to purchase some Kwanzaa candles (three red candles, three green candles and a black candle), and we’ve found a few kid-friendly books on the Holiday as well.
Find more activities to do with children on the official website, where I found most of my information.
Can you Celebrate Kwanzaa if you are not of African descent?
From Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa :
“Kwanzaa is clearly an African holiday created for African peoples. But other people can and do celebrate it, just like other people participate in Cinco de Mayo besides Mexicans; Chinese New Year besides Chinese; Native American pow wows besides Native Americans.”
If your family wants to exchange gifts for this celebration, they are traditionally homemade, but you could consider purchasing from local, black-owned businesses.
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