Day 3 of Kwanzaa celebrates Ujima


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Day 3 of Kwanzaa celebrates Ujima

Day 3 of Kwanzaa celebrates Ujima

Friday, December 28, 2021

News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Today marks day 3 of Kwanzaa or “The Third Principle”.

“Ujima,” explains Baruti “Brother B” Tucker, ”collective work and responsibility.”

Brother B explains each day of Kwanzaa celebrates a different principle. There are seven, from December 26 through January 1st. All honoring African heritage and culture and it’s more than just lighting candles. Kwanzaa, meaning “first harvest”, also uses fruit to symbolize the celebration.

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“The other part of the ceremony is the libation. You pay homage to your ancestors,” he says.

Participants read each to learn more about who they are.

“It can be based on the beauty of the black woman it can be based on history it can be based on social commentary and also children’s books.”

Once New Years Day comes, all the candles burn in unity or Umoja.

“There are essential things that keep your family together and those seven principles represent that not only the family but also the community.”

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Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration that ends on January 1, 2021.

Wednesday, December 26, 2021

(CNN) — Wednesday, December 26th, marks the official start of Kwanzaa, a holiday created in 1966 by African Studies professor Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions of people of African descent all around the world each year.

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Kwanzaa lasts seven days, and each day celebrates family, community and culture from African and African American origins.

The seven days are based upon the seven key principles of Kwanzaa:

-Unity

-Self Determination

-Collective Work and Responsibility

-Cooperative Economics

-Purpose

-Creativity

-Faith

Feasts are also part of the festivities, as well as the lighting of seven candles representing the principles of Kwanzaa.

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