Nia Day

December 30, 2014

Happy Kwanzaa 

“A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture”

Kwanzaa SetNia Day 

Today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa, a celebration of the Kwanzaa principle Nia/Purpose.

symbol_niaNia/Purpose: Commitment, duty, and obligation to contribute to the morally serious purpose and noble goal, of nation building, i.e. , the quest to recover and restore the   African American family, community, and people as a whole

Nia Theme: “Nation Building”

Today is the fifth day of Kwanzaa. Family come together to celebrate the Nia principle. Nia/Purpose principle is a call to nation building, a call to rehabilitate and restore African Americans to their traditional greatness, beginning at the level of the family. The African proverb is insightful in illuminating the centrality of the family in the nation building project, declaring: “The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people.” And, conversely, the development and elevation of the nation begins in the home. This is an affirmation that nation building begins at the smallest level, the family.

Ingathering Activity:Today we come together as family to talk about the principle Niaand how we have observed this principle in practice throughout the year.

Green candleCandle Lighting Activity

On the fifth day of Kwanzaa, the family lights the green candle. This candle is symbolic the collective prosperity . Kwanzaa commitments are made around the Purpose principle.

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