KWANZAA is a African American cultural celebration that is observed each year from December 26-January 1. Events include candle lighting ceremony and will be streamed live on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedockbookshop
Now - Dec. 26 - Get Ready for Kwanzaa! Shop The Dock for your Kinaras, candles and great "Zawadi" gifts!
Dec. 26-Dec. 31 - Kwanzaa Community Celebrations & In-store Events (Mon-Sat).
Day 1 - Monday Dec. 26 - Umoja (Unity)
Shop The Dock 3-9p
Unity Open Mic hosted by Gather, 7p at The Dock
Day 2 - Tuesday Dec. 27 - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
Shop The Dock: 1-9p
Family Night hosted by MM #52, 7p at The Dock
Day 3 - Wednesday Dec. 28 -Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility)
Shop The Dock: 1-6p
Kwanzaa Celebration at Great St. Stephen First Church, Pastor Bell, 7p
Day 4 - Thursday Dec. 29 - Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Shop The Dock: 1-9p
Kwanzaa Family Business Mixer hosted by MBK & Community Frontline, 7p at The Dock (Adult and youth entreprenuers and business owners encouraged to attend)
Day 5 - Friday Dec. 30 - Nia (Purpose)
Shop The Dock: 11a-9p
Prayer, Purpose and Power hosted by SisterCircle, 7p at The Dock
Day 6 - Saturday Dec. 31 - Kuumba (Creativity)
Shop The Dock: 11a-6p
Community Kwanzaa Celebration, 1-4p - Family Story Time, Artist Showcase and more
Day 7 - Sunday. Jan 1 - Imani (Faith)
1.Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration that is observed each year from December 26-January 1.
2.Kwanzaa is not a black Christmas or a Muslim holiday- it is not religious holiday, but a cultural celebration.
3.Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a Black Studies professor and black activist.
4.Kwanzaa is a time for African Americans to connect with their cultural heritage
5.Kwanzaa is a time for African Americans to reaffirm their commitment to themselves, their families, their community and the struggle for liberation of Afrikan people.
6.Kwanzaa is derived from a Kiswahili phrase, matunda ya kwanzaa, which means “the first fruits of the harvest”.
7.Each day a candle is lit to present the principal for that day and a discussion of the meaning of that principle.
8.Each day a special greeting is spoken, “Habari gani” (What is the news?” and the response is the principal for that day.
9.Every Kwanzaa Celebration has a Karamu (Feast) on the sixth or seventh day .
10. Rituals and ceremony of Kwanzaa includes drumming, prayer, pouring of libations to the ancestors, singing, asking the question Habari Gani, seating & recognition of elders, getting permission/blessing from the elders, discussion of principle of the day, lighting of the mishumaa (candles), creative presentation, closing with 7 Harambees which means Let’s pull together!
NGUZO SABA –The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa
1.Umoja (Oo-moe-ja) (Unity) - To strive for and maintain unity in the Family, Community, Nation and Race.
2.Kujichagulia (Koo-ji-cha-goo-lia) (Self-Determination) - To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
3.Ujima (Oo-ji-ma) (Collective work and Responsibility) - To build and maintain our community and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
4.Ujamaa (Oo-ja-ma) (Cooperative Economics) - To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
5.Nia (Nee-ah) (Purpose) - To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
6.Kuumba (Koo-um-ba) (Creativity) - To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
7. Imani (I-ma-ni) (Faith) - To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggleh) .
1.Mkeka (placemat) represents our foundation, our faith, our history, our heritage and legacy
2.Kinara (candle holder) symbolizes our parent stalk or origins)
3.Mishumaa saba (seven candles) symbolizes the seven principles of our value system
4.Vibunzi or Muhindi (ears of corn) symbolizes the precious of children
5.Kikombe cha umoja (unity cup) -
6.Mazao (fruits and vegetables)
7.Zawadi (gifts) symbolizes our rewards of right actions