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AFRICA and its identity through KWANZAA. Kwanzaa is celebrated mainly in America by the African Americans to honour the customs and traditions of their ancestors. This is not a religious or political holiday. It is a time of reflection and celebration. KWANZAA.

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Africa and its identity through kwanzaa

AFRICAand its identity through KWANZAA


Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is celebrated mainly in America by the African Americans to honour the customs and traditions of their ancestors

This is not a religious or political holiday. It is a time of reflection and celebration.

KWANZAA


Africa and its identity through kwanzaa

This festival is usually celebrated from December 26th through to January 1st.

Australians are just recovering from the Christmas celebrations at this time and getting ready for the New Year.

When


Why is it celebrated

Why is it celebrated?

  • Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration based on seven principles that serve as a guide for daily living and which are the basis for family beliefs in many parts of Africa.

  • These are: Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Co-operative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.


Who is involved

All family and friends are involved in this celebration.

This is similar to many celebrations in Australia when family are usually always involved.

Who is involved?


Africa and its identity through kwanzaa

Family enjoy special foods such as fruits and vegetables, but sweet potato pie is a great favourite.

In Australia we have special food in our celebrations too.

Food


Costumes

Dashiki - A shirt or suit worn during Kwanzaa celebrations

Kufi - A cap worn during Kwanzaa celebrations

Kaftan (boubou) - A dress worn by women during Kwanzaa celebrations

Kente cloth- Woven fabric of, bright, bold, colors and patterns. MAd eby the Ashanti people of Africa, clothing made of Kente cloth is worn by many African American and others during the Kwanzaa celebrations.

In Australia we don’t really have any special costumes, but a lot of families like to dress in new clothes.

Costumes


Artefact

The artefact I have chosen to demonstrate this festival is a candle holder called a ‘kinara’. It is used to hold 7 candles for each of the principles of Nguzo Saba. One candle is lit each day, starting with the black candle.

The candles are red, green and black, symbolic colours of Africa.

This practice is very similar to the Christian tradition to Advent where one white candle is lit for each week in the lead up to Christmas Day with the last candle being lit on Christmas Day itself.

It is also very similar to the Menorah used in the Jewish Faith.

Artefact


Summary

Summary

  • So as you can see African people create their own sense of identity with their own unique festivals and celebrations.

  • This is how Australia remains such a diverse and interesting place to be but with many direct links to our own culture that continue to bring us all together as one.


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