The Color Scheme of Kwanzaa: Reinforcing Positive Values and Behavior
The seven candles are the most definitive statement on color scheme of Kwanzaa. The one black candle and three red and green candles provide a narrative for achieving safe violence-free and supportive neighborhoods, nurturing and thriving families, protective and productive parents, and high-performing youth. During the Kwanzaa celebration, this is one of the themes is given priority. In fact, as demonstrated in the Kwanzaa DVD, the colors of the candles are instructive and reinforce the positive message of the Kwanzaa holiday.
Thus, the order of lighting of the Kwanzaa candles allows for each family or classroom or community engage in conversation around orientation of the sacredness and priority placed on human life, achieving excellence in school studies, and leading moral and socially productive lives.
As we indicate in our Kwanzaa DVD, each day of Kwanzaa, the family engages in a robust discussion around the meaning of the colors- black (people), red (effort), and green (achievement). To be sure the Kwanzaa color scheme provides parents, families, and teachers with a proven methodology for enhancing school performance. Further, the Kwanzaa colors scheme offers strategies and perspectives for nonviolent and anti-bullying social skills.
Knowing and observing the order of the lighting of Kwanzaa candles will give added value and enrichment to celebrating the Kwanzaa holiday.