Day 1 of Kwanzaa - Umoja

Today marks the first official day of Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration to honor African heritage in African American culture. The celebration goes from December 26 to January 1. Established in the 1960s by Maulana Karenga, it celebrates seven key principles. Starting today, we’ll highlight each day of Kwanzaa and the meaning behind each principle.

Pronounced: oo-mo’-ja

"1. How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity! 2. It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes."

Psalm 133:1‭-‬2 NRSV

“To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.”

Being united as a being creates power and a sense of togetherness. United, we have a louder voice ­— we can accomplish more things. Umoja celebrates not just physically together but spiritually and emotionally as well. 


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