Friday, December 26, 2008

Happy Kwanzaa

Greetings One & All,

I do hope that those of you who celebrate Christmas had a joyous one and that we all will have health, happiness and at least some prosperity in the new year.

Today, December 26 is the first day of Kwanzaa. For the next six days, each of the principles are celebrated. And even if we do not "officially" celebrate Kwanzaa, the principles that it represents are worth living on a daily basis.

(The Seven Principles)

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 and 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.

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