The end of the year is a time filled with holidays that create an atmosphere for reminiscing, connecting with loved ones, collectively remembering those things to which we are most deeply committed, and thankfulness. One such celebration is Kwanzaa.
Each year, the Elegba Folklore Society hosts the Capital City Kwanzaa Festival to observe our Kwanzaa holiday. The Festival presents performances, speakers, workshops, children’s activities, The African Market, food and more. This event is the largest of its kind in Virginia, and, therefore, one of the largest on the East Coast. It will happen on Saturday, December 31, 2011.
Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, author, activist and professor of Africana Studies at California State University in Long Beach, Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture. Not to be mistaken for Christmas or a religious holiday, Kwanzaa is observed from December 26th through January 1st each year. The word “kwanzaa” is derived from a Swahili phrase and refers to first fruits celebrations in Africa. These celebrations are a way for people to reaffirm their bonds with one another, show reverence for God and creation; remember the lessons of the past; recommit to cultural ideals; and celebrate all that is good in life. There are seven principles or Nguzo Saba that Kwanzaa is based upon. They include “umoja” or unity; “kujichagulia” or self determination; “ujima” or collective work and responsibility; “ujamaa” or cooperative economics; “nia” meaning purpose; “kuumba” meaning creativity; and “imani” meaning faith.
Join Urban Views Weekly and Elegba Folklore Society for the 2011 Capital City Kwanzaa on Saturday, December 31, 2011, 1 – 9 pm, at the Showplace, 3000 Mechanicsville Turnpike.
Information from this article summarized from http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/
If you are an African American business owner and you sell African-centered merchandise merchandize or other products or services, you may be eligible to vend in The African Market at the 2011 Capital City Kwanzaa Festival. Contact 804.644.3900,
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