Ethnic Scrapbooking
A Kwanzaa Konnection from Ethnic Scrapbooking
Greetings!
 
What do you really know about Kwanzaa?  I have had the pleasure to educate people of all ethnicities this month about an African- American celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Ron Karenga.
 
Everyone should be able to identify with some aspects of Kwanzaa.  It's a time of reflection on one's heritage, family and faith by reviewing some life principles that are put into practce throughout the year.
 
One comment that I heard a number of times when I discussed the Kwanzaa celebration was, "Well, I don't celebrate Kwanzaa."  My response was "Neither do I, but that doesn't stop me from learning and opening up my mind to something unfamiliar."
 
Here are the seven principles:
 

The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa are:
Umoja(oo-MOH-jah): Unity
Kujichagulia(koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination
Ujima(oo-JEE-mah): Collective Work and Responsibility
Ujamaa(oo-jah-MAH): Collective Economics
Nia(NEE-ah): Purpose
Kuumba(koo-OOM-bah): Creativity
Imani(ee-MAH-nee): Faith

 
Please visit my blog for more details on how I made the Kwanzaa Konnection this year.
Sincerely,
 
LISA
 
Lisa Sanford, author of Ethnic Scrapbooking and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker's Soul, is a Contributing Editor of Scraps of Color e-zine where she writes a monthly cultural inspiration column. She is a wife, mother, artist, writer, and part-time organizational freak. Owner of LJS Media, she is available for corporate photography, speaking engagements regarding scrapbooking, cultural diversity issues, traditions & holidays.  You can find her online on her blog or contact her through email at lisa@ethnicscrapbooking.com.  Be sure to check out the details about her new book and challenges at her book website
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