2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
This is a family-oriented cultural event to which celebrants bring food, fruit, and gifts to share. Activities take place indoors and outdoors. At this Kwanzaa celebration, youth assemble the Kwanzaa table. Adults and elders assist youth in lighting the kinara candles as the seven principles are explained and discussed. After the ceremony, celebrants will fellowship with food and music. Be part of the reaffirmation of the individual, culture, family, and environment. This event is held in partnership with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Sankofa Study Group.
Celebrate the year-end at the annual Kwanzaa Celebration. Kwanzaa honors the values of ancient African cultures and recognizes the philosophy of community.
2:30-3:30 | Children’s Crafts and Planting: (All materials will be provided).
3:30-4:30 | Outdoor Kwanzaa Discussion: (Bring comfy lawn chairs or blankets.)
4:30-5:30 | Kwanzaa Ceremony and Feast: (Please bring a dish, fruit or drink to share with others.)
HISTORY OF KWANZAA
The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The principles, called the Nguzo Saba (seven principles in Swahili) are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture.