Day 5: Nia


   Kwanzaa runs annually from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1

Nia, Swahili for "purpose," is the principle celebrated on the fifth day.

We focus on ways to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Day 1
Dec. 26
Day 2
Dec. 27
Day 3
Dec. 28
Day 4
Dec. 29
Day 5
Dec. 30
Day 6
Dec. 31
Day 7
Jan. 1

From the Founder: An Interview With Maulana Karenga
Is Kwanzaa a replacement for Christmas? Why is it in December anyway? Beliefnet talks to the founder of the holiday, Dr. Maulana Karenga, about its origins, its aim, and its future.

Founder's Address: Willing the Well-Being of the World
The official Kwanzaa message written by Dr. Maulana Karenga last year.


Test Your Kwanzaa Knowledge
What is the Kwanzaa candleholder called? Was the word "Kwanzaa" originally spelled with two "a's"?


Principles for Sale: The Commercialization of Kwanzaa
By Jenny Kinscy
Has Kwanzaa succumbed to commercialism? Major corporations and advertisers have already cashed in on Christmas and Hanukkah. Now that Kwanzaa's going mainstream, will it survive without losing its meaning?

How Folks Celebrate Kwanzaa
By Imani Dawson
Many families have added Kwanzaa to their long to-do list in December. But some people view Kwanzaa as a spiritual holiday. Take a look at different kinds of Kwanzaa celebrations.

First Fruits for the Family
By Eric V. Copage
Observing Kwanzaa is an important part of sharing African heritage with family.


Is Kwanzaa New to You?
Learn more about the holiday by checking out Beliefnet's Kwanzaa Primer.

Send Kwanzaa Greetings
Share holiday greetings with Beliefnet's unique Kwanzaa eCards.

Guide: Organize a Karamu Celebration
More than just gathering for food, the Karamu Feast is an important ceremony to honor our community and family--past, present, and future.


Share your favorite Kwanzaa traditions and stories in our Kwanzaa group. Know a great dish for the Karamu Feast? Share your Kwanzaa recipes on our Food, Cooking & Recipes forum.

Poll:

Will your family celebrate Kwanzaa this year?


Graphics used with permission of the Official Kwanzaa Website.
Kwanzaa principles reprinted with permission from Dr. Maulana Karenga.

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