Did Our Ancestors Tell Us to Celebrate Kwanzaa??

Posted on December 28, 2014 by


The question was raised recently: When did our ancestors tell us to celebrate Kwanzaa? I’d like to see it. My answer to that question was/is as follows.

They told us, and continue to tell us — implicitly, if not explicitly — through the following:

  • with the utilization of woven reed mats as foundation for sacred symbols and ceremonies, from pre-dynastic Kemet, and beyond, to the present (Mkeka); ***
  • with admonitions to honor our ancestors (Kinara) and to raise/train our children (Vibunzi/Muhindi) to be pleasing to NTR/(GOD); ***
  • in reminding us to honor NTR who initiates the new year festivals (Kwanzaa & others); ***
  • in reminding us to always be kind and forgiving of one another (Umoja); ***
  • in encouraging us to know the sacred potential in the seeing of our eyes, hearing of our ears, breathing of our nostrils, perceptions of our hearts and minds, and the power to share and bring those perceptions into being through the effective utterances of our teeth, tongue and lips (Kujichagulia); ***
  • in their encouragement that we be generous and sharing with one another so that needs not go unanswered, and to guard against greed for material things (Ujima/Ujamaa); ***
  • in admonishing us to open the books, to read and heed and follow their wise counsel, and multiply the numbers of our people who will do likewise (Nia); ***
  • by encouraging us to know that every work of every member of our bodies needs to be in harmony with the heart and mind of NTR (Kuumba); ***
  • in the admonition to be diligent as long as we live . . . (Imani).

That’s where I see it in the Kemetian tradition, in Husia texts and elsewhere. It likely can be found in other traditions as well. HTP!

Kwanzaa Yenu Iwe Na Heri ! ! ! (May Kwanzaa, for you and yours, be filled with good fortune and blessings divine!) –Bro. Mxolisi