Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture. It is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. Its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language.
There are seven principles of Kwanzaa:
- Umoja (Unity) – To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) – To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility) – To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) – To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose) – To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity) – To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith) -To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
*Reference: Dr. Maulana Karenga (Creator of Kwanzaa)
- Size: Flat Box – 5.5″ (l) x 4.25″ (w); Open Box– 2.125″ (l) x 2.125″ (w) x 5.5″ (h) Measurements of each card may slightly vary
- Design Style: 3D pop up box
- Paper Type: Premium textured card stock; patterned paper (may vary)
- Embellishments: Mkeka (a mat), Mazao (fruits/vegetables), Muhindi (ears of corn), Kinara (a candleholder), Mishumaa saba (seven candles), Kikombe cha umoja (unity cup), Zawadi (gifts)
- Envelope: Includes a coordinating lined envelope (size 5.25″ x 7.25″) and matching envelope seal
- Postage: Extra postage may be required
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- Outer envelope or cardboard mailer recommended for added protection when mailing.