Happy Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African-American culture. Kwanzaa lasts for seven days; it starts today December 26th and ends on New Year's Day.
Kwanzaa began in 1966 by Maulena Karenga, an African-American Scholar and activist/
The word "Kwanzaa" means "first fruits" in Swahili.
Kwanzaa celebrates seven principles ("Nguzo Saba" in Swahili), including:
- Unity (umoja), signified by the gathering of family, friends, and community
- Faith (imani)
- Purpose (nia)
- Collective work and responsibility (ujima) - the commitment to the high ideals of the African community
- Cooperative economics (ujamaa)
- Self-determination (kujichagulia)
- Creativity (kuumba)
Families that celebrate Kwanzaa decorate their homes for the feast with a seven candle holder called a "Kinara", a straw place mat called a "Mkeka, a variety of fruit "Mazao", an ear of corn for each child in the home called "Vibunzi" , a Unity Cup called a "Kikombe cha umoja" as well as a small modest gift for children called "zawaadi"
The candle colors for the "Kinara" are three green, one black, three red. Each Candle represents one of the seven principals. I have made a "Kinara" and "Kikombe" for my dolls to share in this holiday this year. Tomorrows post will show how I made the Kinara.
A wonderful website with crafts for Kwanzaa is http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/kwanza/ as well as http://www.makingfriends.com/kwanzaa_crafts.htm
Here is how I made my Unity Cup or Kikombe.
To make your own Unity cup from supplies you may have at home for your dolls!
You will need:
An egg cup (my dollar store sells 4 for $1.25 or you may have one at home you can use)
Craft Glue or a Glue Gun
Gem Embellishments or gem stickers would also work
If Kwanzaa is a holiday you celebrate I wish you and your family a very Happy Kwanzaa.
For today's photos:
Back ground from : American Doll Room
African Fabric from Liese of Doll Tag Designs
Plastic Doll food from my local dollar store
Crafts by Karenmomofthree
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