Kwanzaa is a celebration of traditional African family, community, and culture. It is based on the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. I understand this is about African-American unity and I believe it should stay that way. But, I really like these principles and think they are also relevant to raising children in the family system. I am not African-American and I don’t celebrate personally with any Kwanzaa customs. But, if I had children at home today, I would chose at least one way of observing this celebration. Perhaps I will anyway. I am Christian and find it very interesting to learn about other customs, religions (I know Kwanzaa is not about religion per se), cultures, and celebrations.
When I find something worthwhile for raising children and empowering families, why reinvent the wheel? Borrowing ideas and adapting them for good use while honoring the original spirit and intent of those ideas is a good thing. I think!
The holiday was originally created by Maulana Karenga and first celebrated in 1966–67. This is the Official Kwanzaa website: http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/NguzoSaba.shtml . This site contains a picture of the seven principles with their symbols and is also written in Swahili. There are other sites about Kwanzaa as well.