THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES
· Umoja = Unity
· Kujichagulia = Self-Determination
· Ujima = Collective Work and Responsibility
· Ujamaa = Cooperative Economics
· Nia = Purpose
· Kuuma = Creativity
· Imani = Faith
HONORING OUR ANCESTORS
Often Kwanzaa opens with the pouring of libations into the unity cup. Make a day practice of honoring the lives that paved the way through an alter or daily reflection on gratitude.
TAKE ACTION TOGETHER
We have the collective power to improve the experiences and realities of the Black community. To honor the Ujima principle, start by taking action. Contact government officials regarding important issues, support your child's school Parent Teacher Association (PTA), or join the action committee of a local organization.
What better way to learn about ourselves than to see ourselves in the world. Trace your lineage to learn where your ancestors are from and visit that country. Tour with a Black-owned travel group or stay in a Black-owned Airbnb. Travel is a luxury (especially nowadays) but when it teaches us about our roots and where we come from, the expense becomes invaluable.
PREPARING & SHARING FOOD
During Kwanzaa there is a community feast called the Karamu. The meal highlights foods of the African diaspora like traditional Southern dishes like black-eyed peas and okra or gumbo. West African peanut stew with Jollof rice or Caribbean callaloo are also notable favorites.
SHARE YOUR TALENTS.
The Kuumba principle draws attention to the creativity that lives within our community. Most people interpret this to mean artistic creativity, however, talent is shared in various ways. Help an elderly neighbor with their lawn, host a poetry event, volunteer your time with an organization, or support your local small business by shopping with a friend group.
GIVING GIFTS TO CHILDREN
During Kwanzaa, traditionally children are given gifts, like books or items of cultural value that may connect them to their roots. Gifts can also include teaching them financial literacy or taking a child on a heritage tour. Be creative while allowing our children to find riches and value in non-traditional gift giving.
PRACTICE A PRINCIPLE AT A TIME
It may be a challenge to practice all of the Kwanzaa principles daily. Another application is to practice one single principle for a year, 6 months, or at a month's time. As we know habits are formed by doing something regularly in a habitual manner. Choosing one principle for a period of time allows more opportunity for reflections, action, and daily exercise.
We Do Things Differently
This box is curated with ceremonial tradition and the modern consumer in mind. We created our box to reflect the symbolism of Dr. Maulana Karenga's Kwanzaa along with its multi-functional use for the entire year. All black elements were a key to reinforcing strength along with our collective power, authority, and elegance. Everything you need to celebrate the season in one simple box.