HABARI GANI ~ WHAT'S THE NEWS?
African American values were spawned from a time when we had nothing but our own self value to define ourselves… not even our own bodies.
Kwanzaa is a secular festival, created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, and observed by many African Americans from December 26 to January 1 as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.
Kwanzaa was created to reinforce seven basic principles of African culture (Nguzo Saba):
To strive for and maintain, unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
Ujima~Collective Work and Responsibility
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses, and to profit from them together.
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Starting on the day after Christmas, greet your people with “HABARI GANI?”
Their response will be each of the Nguzo Saba starting with “Umoja” for day one, “Kujichagulia” for day two, and so on, through day seven.
Kwanzaa is not about gifts. It is about the quest for knowledge, so all gifts must include a book and a heritage symbol.
The Odu Ifa
K'a má fi kánjú j'aiyé.
K'a má fi wàrà-wàrà n'okùn orò.
Ohun à bâ if s'àgbà,
K'a má if se'binu.
Bi a bá de'bi t'o tútù,
K'a wò'wajú ojo lo titi;
K'a tun bò wá r'èhìn oràn wo;
Nitori àti sùn ara eni ni.
Let us not engage the world hurriedly.
Let us not grasp at the rope of wealth impatiently.
That which should be treated with mature judgment,
Let us not deal with in a state of anger.
When we arrive at a cool place,
Let us rest fully;
Let us give continuous attention to the future;
and let us give deep consideration to the consequences of things.
And this because of our (eventual) passing.
The last day of Kwanzaa is the Day of Meditation. It is the beginning of the new year and a time to assess or reassess your Nia~Purpose in your community, to yourself, and to your family.
Three simple questions you can ask yourself are:
Who am I?
Am I really who I say I am?
Am I all I ought to be?