December 26, 2008

Habri Gana? Whatta Gwaan? What's New?

If you celebrate Kwanzaa and are asked, "Habari Gana?" between December 26th and January 1st, the answer would be the Nguzo or principle for that day.

Nguzo Saba - The Seven Priciples
(En – GOO – Zoh Sah – BAH)

UMOJA (oo-MOE-jah) Unity (Dec 26)

KUJICHAGULIA (koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah) Self-Determination (Dec 27)

UJIMA (oo-JEE-man) Collective Work & Responsibility (Dec 28)

UJAMAA (oo-JAH-mah) Cooperative Economics (Dec 29)

NIA (nee-AH) Purpose (Dec 30)

KUUMBA (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity (Dec 31)

IMANI (ee-MAH-nee) Faith (Jan1)

December 26, 1966, heralded the inaugural celebration of Kwanzaa, an African-American/Pan-African cultural celebration.

Kwanzaa, which means first fruits in Swahili, was established by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana studies at California State University in Long Beach. Dr. Karnega holds a Ph.D. from United States International University, San Diego and one from University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

I had the privilege to hear Dr. Karenga speak at a local high school in Florida in the early '90s. He was eloquent, enthusiastic, imformative and motivating. I was only able to take the two youngest kids as the oldest was here in Jamaica at the time. I am grateful for that opportunity.


3 Shared Thoughts:

BetteJo said...

Unfortunately lots of us know nothing at all about Kwanzaa - so interesting! But - Happy Kwanzaa to you!

Leslie said...

Well, I don't celebrate Kwanza, but cheers to those who do! Hope you had a nice Christmas and I wish you a wonderful New Year! Here's to your health in the new year!

Much love to you always,

LADY ROOTS said...

Sistren BetteJo,
Thanks for the Kwanzaa greeting! I added the links to the post so anyone interested could read more about Kwanzaa and Dr. Karenga. He is a dedicated man.

Sistren Leslie,
I love you so much! Christmas, New Year's and Kwanzaa was very low key this season. After 30+ years in America, my husband has picked up the tradition of eating hoppin' johns, greens and fish on New Year's Day. Hoppin' johns for luck, greens for financial security and fish for good health. He cooked a delicious meal for us.
I pray for you, Jackie and both girls.

Bless Up,
Lady Roots