Habari Gani? — (First Day of Kwanzaa Week)

Posted on December 26, 2016 by

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Habari gani? (What’s the news; what’s happening?)

On the first day of Kwanzaa the answer for that question is UMOJA! Umoja (uu-moh’-jah) / Unity: to strive and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. (To strive for a principled, harmonious togetherness in the family, community, nation and World African Community.)

This principle for living grows from the consciousness and experience of The Creator living in and through each of us and all of us. It is the expectation that in our relationships with one another we will strive to live and give nothing less than the love, truth, righteousness, harmony and high expectations that the spirit of GOD within empowers us to do.

Umoja/Unity (The Black candle – We the People)

kwanza symbol 1The Adinkra symbol for Umoja is Solomon’s Knot or Kramo-bone, which has been used across a number of cultures and historical eras, and given a range of symbolic interpretations. With the Yoruba people, it can denote royal status; thus, it is featured on crowns, tunics, and other ceremonial objects. Also in Africa, the Knot is found on Kasai velvet, the raffia woven cloth of the Kuba people. They attribute mystical meaning to it, as do the Akan People of West Africa who stamp it on their sacred Adinkra cloth. Umoja!

Another symbol that is useful for Umoja reflections is the Nkonsonkonson – Chain Link – a symbol ofNkonsonkonson unity and human relations; a reminder to contribute to the community; that in unity lies strength. It signifies the strong bonds between people of common blood relations that are difficult to break apart. The belief includes ancestors who are constantly protecting the living. It can also serve as a reminder to give a helping hand to strengthen the communities we live in, and encourages the veneration of the ancestors in order for them to keep in touch with the living.

* * * KWANZAA YENU IWE NA HERI !!! * * * ( May the days of Kwanzaa for you and yours  be full of good fortune and blessings divine — peace & purpose, love & joy — and more than words can say!)

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