Eye Opener Philly Celebrates Kwanzaa

On New Year’s Eve Eye Opener Philly also celebrates the sixth day of Kwanzaa, Kuumba.  Adrienne Whaley, curator with The African American Museum in Philadelphia, joined us live to explain the traditions of Kwanzaa.  It’s an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community that started in 1966.  Kwanzaa speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

Day 1. Umoja means unity.
Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
Day 3. Ujima means working together.
Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
Day 5. Nia means purpose.
Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.

Whaley brought with her a mud cloth, books, kinara, fruit, corn and the unity cup, which are all symbols used to celebrate Kwanzaa.  The kinara holds seven candles: three red, three green and one black.  Each candle is lit for a particular day of the holiday.

By Ashley Johnson @AshleyNJohnson3