Kwanzaa Greeting Cards
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Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 and held annually from December 26th to January 1st, culminating in gift-giving and a feast of faith called a Karamu Ya Imani which often features cuisine from different African countries. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. Kwanzaa was created for Afro-Americans as a response to the commercialism of Christmas, to give them an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, and as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home.
Celebrations include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, families gather and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed. The principles are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans; specifically: Unity, Faith, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose and Creativity. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols (a mat, candleholder, candles, corn, crops, a unity cup, and gifts) reflective of African culture.
NobleWorks has your Kwanzaa card-gifting needs covered so that you can honor and celebrate with all those friends, family members and coworkers of yours who participate in the joyous cultural event. Vivid, vibrant, bold orange, yellow, red and green colors illuminate a striking and stirring greeting featuring a candleholder with seven burning bright red, green and black candles (which remind participants of the seven principles and the colors in flags of African liberation movements); while on the inside of the lovely and lively card, the candleholder and lit candles are pictured again along with the welcoming, empowering and culturally significant words of "Unity And Peace." The attractive and exciting notecard will surely be greatly appreciated by all you know who recognize and revel in the yearly festivities that celebrate African-American family, community and culture.