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December 28, 2018


Ujima, third day of kwanzaa

¿Habari gani?

Ujima.

A misnomer about Kwanzaa is the belief that it is a religious affiliated holiday or that it is the “black christmas”. Kwanzaa in fact is not either of those two things, it is a cultural holiday aimed at creating a sense of unity among african diaspora community and rejecting commercialism associated with Christmas. The best part is that anyone can celebrate it, even racists, but that would be counterproductive…

Back on point.

Today is December 28, which marks Day Three of Kwanzaa. Today’s principle is Ujima (oo-JEE-mah, Collective Work and Responsibility.) Collective Work and Responsibility as related to Nguzo Saba (En-GOO-zoh Sah-BAH) is to build and maintain our community together and to make our Brother's and Sister's problems, our problems and to solve them together.

Today’s ritual included the lighting of the first candle, second candle, and then lastly, the third. When lighting the candles in the kinara (the candleholder) you will always start by first lighting the black candle in the center which represents the people. Then you will alternate between red  and green candles starting on the outside and working your way in back to towards the center.

After lighting a candle I also chose to burn incense and put lay down crystals promoting energy, harmony, and awareness. Again, partaking in libations, I took some time to meditated for about 20-15 minutes and when I was done I read a few passages from black and brown poets. In honor of Ujima I spent some time thinking at issues that are at the center of the Black Community. I made a list of issue that I would plan to work on tackling in the upcoming New Year and the New Year is approaching fast.

¡Heri za Kwanzaa!