Kwanzaa 2011: Umoja/Unity Day December 26, 2011

December 25, 2011

Happy Kwanzaa

Unity/Umoja   Building and fostering harmonious, positive, and warm, relationships and attachments in the family, school, neighborhood, and large national community

Unity Day Message

On this the first day of Kwanzaa, we come together to celebrate the joy of living together as family. The focus of this first day of Kwanzaa is the celebration of the start of Kwanzaa, with a focus on celebrating unity, i.e., the harmonizing relationships in the family. The African proverb says, “The success or ruin of a people begins in the family.” Hence, we want to engage in practices which make our families stronger and more nurturing and productive. Unity Day places stress on emotional and social attachment of family members, especially children. Let us ensure that children have the emotional security, and are attached to a network of caring and nurturing adults; let men and women, husbands and wives, renew their love and form even greater attachments; let families be the watchword for 2012, and let children playing in safe and secure environment be common place.

Unity Day Checklist

ü     Start with unity day activities at the onset of the day (as simple as greeting everyone- Happy Kwanzaa

ü     Ingathering activity, around a meal or designated time

ü     Reflect on Kwanzaa commitments for the current and coming year

ü     Family Feast

ü     Pour Libation (optional) for deceased parents love ones, significant others, heroes and heroines, all of those whose sacrifice make it possible for us to enjoy the freedom and fruits of our labor

ü     Unity Cup Activity

ü     Candle lighting

ü     Unity Commitment

ü     Take picture/record your commitments or Kwanzaa activities (optional)

Candle Lighting Activity

Candle Lighting: On the first day of Kwanzaa the family lights the black candle. This candle is symbolic of the black people. The placement and order of the Kwanzaa candles teach and reinforce valuable lessons for the family. The black candle is symbolic of the people. The lesson is that we light the black candle first to reinforce the value and priority we place on our lives, beginning with our family members.  The African proverb says, “The success or ruin of a people begins in the family.”

Kwanzaa Journal Entry

What was my 2011 Kwanzaa Commitment: Complete, partially complete, Still in Progress

What are my 2012 Kwanzaa commitments?

By what means or method will I employ to achieve my commitments?

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