Kwanzaa at Minneapolis Midtown Market


Midtown Global Market hosted a Kwanzaa celebration on December 26. The video shows the Voice of Culture African Drum and Dance Company performance. (Video and photos by Jeannette Fordyce)

(from Wikipedia)

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder). It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, primarily in the United States.

Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Ron Karenga

Seven principles of Kwanzaa
• Umoja
(Unity): To strive for and to 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 and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ 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.