Kwanzaa : Unity

Welcome back to Lisa Everyday Life. Christmas is over but the holiday of Kwanzaa has just started. It’s a celebration of community and family. So with that let’s Celebrate !

What is it ?

Beginning December 26 and lasting for seven days, Kwanzaa is a celebration of community, family and culture, established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African roots and heritage

First Day ! Unity

December 26 is the first day of Kwanzaa or Umoja, meaning Unity in Swahili. Kwanzaa was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. Umoja is the foundational principle of the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) for without it, all other principles suffer.

A key custom during Kwanzaa is the daily lighting of the Kinara. On day one, the black candle—also known as the unity candle

The seven principles of Kwanzaa

  • Umoja. Umoja means unity in Swahili. …
  • Kujichagulia. Or self-determination. …
  • Ujima. Translated as “collective work and responsibility,” ujima refers to uplifting your community. …
  • Ujamaa. Cooperative economics. …
  • Nia. Nia means purpose. …
  • Kuumba. …
  • Imani.

My Sunday recipe; Corn Soup

  • ½ onion chopped
  • 2 ribs celery finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves fresh, or ¼ teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 2 cups corn kernels fresh, frozen, or canned
  •  large potato peeled and ½” diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light cream or milk
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt & pepper each
  • Combine onion, celery, butter, and garlic in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until onion softens, about 4 minutes.
  • Add flour and thyme. Cook 1 minute more. Stir in corn and potatoes.
  • Add broth, cream, salt, and pepper. Simmer 15-20 minutes uncovered or until potatoes are tender.
  • Garnish with chives and serve warm.

Make a batch and share with friends and Family….. Joyous Kwanzaa“.

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