day 030 of 365
December 30, 2018
Nia, fifth day of Kwanzaa
Day five of Kwanzaa is celebrated on December 30. The principle that is recognized is Nia (nee-AH, Purpose). Nia as recognized within the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) is to commit ourselves to restoring, building and developing our families, our neighborhoods, and our people to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
The reason why there is such a need for recognizing and making a commitment to the principle Nia is due to the fact that there are many forces, policies, and people that have managed to insert themselves into the Black Community with the intent to do harm. These Nons (Non POC) have created methods of breaking apart the community from within using methods of education, policies, policing, limiting economic growth, colorism, cultural appropriation, shaming and discrediting traditions that are not deemed worthy until profitability can be found. The worst part is that these harmful practice have been perpetuated for so long that members of the Black Community have also began to perpetuate these debilitating and toxic behaviors & practices. Before I make this a 10 page essay that strays away from Kwanzaa, let me get back to original format where I discuss today’s ritual...
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 just as yesterday put lay down crystals for energy, harmony, and awareness. I took some time to meditate for 25 minutes and then journaled about what I knew and understood about the erasure of traditions and histories from the people that I come from. For me personally, this strengthened my resolve and purpose of supporting communities of color and being mindful of where my hard money is being spent and who gets to benefit from it. I’ll stop there today.