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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Kwanzaa's that time of year that can get overshadowed by other wintertime holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah. But this delight of a holiday need not be forgotten any longer, if you take the time to send some Kwanzaa Ecards to your friends and relatives.

Thank You, Dr. Karenga

Kwanzaa is based on the year-end harvest festivals which have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. It's not a religious holiday, nor is it meant to replace Christmas. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Black Studies, from the 1960's. During this time of great social change for African Americans, Dr. Karenga began to create a celebration that would pay tribute to the values of ancient African cultures and inspire modern day African Americans who were working for progress.

An African American & Pan-African Holiday

The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," which means "first fruits of the harvest." Dr. Karenga chose this phrase from the Swahili language as a symbol of Pan-Africanism. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of family, community, and culture.

The Seven Principles of the Kwanzaa Holiday

There is a different principle to honor each of the seven days of Kwanzaa. These principles are believed to have been the foundation towards the building of strong, productive families and communities in Africa. During the festivities, celebrants greet one another with "Habari gani," or "What's the news?" The answers come from the following principles of Kwanzaa:

  1. Umoja (oo-MOH-ja) Meaning: unity. Action: creating a community that is well bonded.
  2. Kujichagulia (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-yah) Meaning: self-determination. Action: expressing yourself and making decisions that help the community.
  3. Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) Meaning: collective work and responsibility. Action: being of assistance others within the community.
  4. Ujamaa (oo-JAH-ma) Meaning: cooperative economics. Action: supporting the economy of businesses that care about the community.
  5. Nia (nee-AH) Meaning: a sense of purpose or "Why am I here?" Action: engaging goals that assist the community.
  6. Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Meaning: creativity. Action: making the community better and more beautiful.
  7. Imani (ee-MAH-nee) Meaning: faith. Action: knowing that a better world can be made for communities now and in all the coming days.

Our Kwanzaa ecards are a fun and simple way to celebrate with your friends and family. And to share with those who want to learn more about their history. This beautiful holiday celebrates all that is good and worth sharing: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economy, Creativity, Faith, and Purpose (Take THAT Boy Scouts of America!). We wish you a peaceful and happy holiday as we enter a new year.

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