The Kwanzaa season is here! Kwanzaa is a celebration of African heritage to bring together family, community, and culture. Share your best wishes for a happy Kwanzaa season, filled with peace, friendship, and remembrance with family and friends even if you can’t be together. Choose your favorite Kwanzaa ecard to send your Kwanzaa greetings and spread the spirit of the holiday!
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During this beautiful time of the year, it is wonderful to celebrate not only our families, but our culture and community. That is what the celebration of Kwanzaa is all about.
History of Kwanzaa
After the turbulent Watts Riots in Los Angeles in 1966, activist Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa as an African-American holiday to celebrate African-American culture, community, and family. Karenga said that his goal was to “give blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history”.
The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa” which can be translated to “first fruits”. In many parts of African, they already celebrated many “first fruits” festivals in coordination with harvest season and December’s Southern Solstice. Karenga added an extra “a” onto Kwanzaa so that it would have seven letters. The number seven is symbolic in many African cultures.
Since its beginning in Los Angeles, the celebration has spread worldwide.
When is Kwanzaa Celebrated?
Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1 every year. People gather with friends and family in homes, and some celebrate in community-wide events that include interpretive dance, readings, drumming and music, and food.
Kwanzaa’s Seven Principles
Similiarly to Hannukah, Kwanzaa’s celebrations center around the lighting of a candleabra, called a Kinara. The seven candles, or mishumaa saba, of the Kinara celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa, also called the Nguzo Saba. These are:
Other symbols of Kwanzaa include crops, or mazao, corn, or mahindi, a unity cup, or kikombe cha umoja, and the exchange of gifts, or zawadi.
The Kwanzaa celebration lasts for seven days, and traditionally includes a community feast, also called Karamu, on the sixth night.
How Kwanzaa is Celebrated
Many families celebrate Kwanzaa by decorating their home with colorful African art, kente cloths, and by wearing kaftans; they also eat fresh fruits, drink from a communal cup, and greet one another by saying “Joyous Kwanzaa”.
Some celebrations will include drumming and music or dance, and will include a discussion of the seven principles or by reading about African history. Most celebrations include a candle lighting ritual. Some large celebrations of Kwanzaa include the Spirit of Kwanzaa celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Kwanzaa is celebrated around the world, with festivities in Great Britain, Jamaica, France, Canada, and Brazil as well as in the United States.
Who to Send a Kwanzaa ecard
Sending a Kwanzaa ecard is a great way to celebrate this season with family and friends who are far away. There are ecard options for everyone in your life, from solemn observance cards to celebratory cards. Here are a few of the people that you could exchange cards with this year:
What to Write in a Kwanzaa Ecard
There are several ways to begin a Kwanzaa ecard. Here are a few Kwanzaa greetings for you can use for inspiration:
One question that is often asked: Should Kwanzaa cards be serious or funny? The answer depends on person to whom you send the card. A child may enjoy a whimsical image and saying while a grandparent or minister may appreciate a more serious or solemn touch with the card. What is important is that your message come from the heart. You can make your own Kwanzaa ecard here. A Kwanzaa ecard is certain to show your friends and family that you love them, especially when you can’t be together in person, and will be a gesture they hold close all year round!