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January 1, 2019

Imani, Day Seven of Kwanzaa (Last Day)


We have made our way to the last day and seventh day of Kwanzaa also known as the first day of the New Year. Welcome to January 1 where the principle we are recognizing is Imani (ee-MAH-nee, faith). Imani, as related to Nguzo Saba is to believe with all our hearts in our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our people and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Imani brings us right back around to unity by having faith that the community leaders will continue to cultivate minds with history, truth, lessons, wisdom, and make sure we never forget our struggle and fight beside us.  It’s gives one a sense of hope as we embark in the New Year.

Today’s ritual included the lighting the candles in the kinara and as always starting with the black candle in the center and then alternating between red and green candles working my way from the outside to the centered. Per usual I chose to burn incense and lay down crystals for energy, harmony, and awareness. I took some time to meditate for 25 minutes and then wrote down a few words of wisdom to share next year.

Traditionally this is a night of feast and gift giving.  The gifts are mindful gifts that encourage creativity, cultural understanding, and our history. It’s a night to speak of our ancestors and share words of wisdom with with younger generations. It’s a time for family, friends and community.

Until next year, that’s a wrap.  

¡heri za kwanzaa!