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Celebrations..Thread Started December 16 at 2:29PM
This may not be the right place to post this, but its something that some may be interested in knowing...While most Black people couldn't give you an answer as to what part of the continent of Africa they come from, though many would find their ancestry based in West African and Senegal...we still feel a special connection to the continent..
African-Americans are held together by the celebration of what was named "Kwanzaa" which was founded back in 1966...it is a time of reflection, and a way of connecting to our heritage and culture...I think its the same way other people would celebrate their heritage...and it is celebrated from December 26 through January 1...
There is no interference with the Christmas holiday celebrations, as this is not a religious celebration... it is a cultural one...and so most people simply include it into their holiday festivities.
I won't go into all of it as it would be quite timely to do so, and a lot to read..but I will say this much...this is a 7 day celebration, with specific colors involved, and the symbols of "Kwanzaa"...the "Mkeka"...is prominently placed on a special table...the word "Mkeka, will not be found in any dictionary as it is derived from the Swahili language..do I speak Swahili? no I don't ...but its the language used when celebrating each of the 7 days...(each night has a different name)
I've skipped a lot, but one of the things, that I love, and really shouldn't is the feasting...now, anyone that looks at me can tell I've not missed many meals...as I'm what some might call "chubby", but what I call " very well built" simply because it sounds better..
There are specific things for the children to do, along with the adults, and as some one will say "Merry Christmas" that same person might say "Joyous Kwanzaa" at the same time..
I just thought this might be interesting for those that read the posts here, this celebration has grown through the years, and is now quite common in the Black communities...it is a time for music, remembering, reassessment, recommitment, and rejoicing...during the feast, drinks are to be shared from a communal cup, and is passed around to all of the people that have come.
Its a wonderful time for us, filled with the things outside of what we are taught, and participate in here in America...Its a very special celebration for our children, and for our community...
All are welcomed, you don't have to wear African Dress, Dashikis, but I happen to like the African Print dresses, and headdresses..
So I invite all of you to come, be ready to eat, sing, and tell stories...You won't be sorry if you did...(I'm just kidding)..but I don't want to be selfish...
Just Some Thoughts!
Reply on December 17, 2017 05:04 AM
Sounds like fabulous fun. Who here would like to see a picture of Mrs Major in a beautiful African print dress?
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