How are Kwanzaa and Christmas different?

March 7, 2020 Off By idswater

How are Kwanzaa and Christmas different?

Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one. The holiday encourages the celebration of African heritage, gatherings between family and friends, and the reflection on seven African values (called the Seven Principles, or the Nguza Saba).

What does Kwanzaa and Christmas have in common?

Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration that has roots in African harvest celebrations rather than a particular religion. However, the festival shares similarities with the symbols and values of Christmas and Hanukkah. All three are celebratory festivals of light that fall at a time when daylight hours are shorter.

What’s the difference between Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa?

While, Christmas includes exchanging presents, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are not associated with gift giving. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah include lighting a light and a similar candlestick (Kwanzaa has 7 candles and Hanukkah has 9), while Christmas includes a decorated tree and in some homes the Nativity scene.

When is Kwanzaa celebrated in the United States?

Kwanzaa is a week-long spiritual festival celebrated among the African Americans celebrated in the United States and in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. It is celebrated from 26 December to 1 st January and can sometimes be celebrated with Christmas and New Years.

Why is Kwanzaa important to the African culture?

Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religion or religious holiday. And it is not an alternative to people’s religion or faith but a common ground of African culture. One of the most important and meaningful ways to see and approach Kwanzaa is as a self-conscious cultural choice.

Why is Kwanzaa not about self-esteem?

Kwanzaa is not about self-esteem. Kwanzaa is about rootedness in your culture, knowledge of our culture and encouragement to act and create in such a way that self-respect will come of itself. When you focus just on self-esteem you focus on individual orientation and that is against African values.

How is Kwanzaa different from Christmas and Hanukkah?

Kwanzaa (which translates to “fruits first” from Swahili) is a seven-day holiday that is celebrated by African Americans and Africans throughout the world. Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one.

When does the first day of Kwanzaa end?

December 26 marks the first day of Kwanzaa, which also ends on January 1. Kwanzaa (which translates to “fruits first” from Swahili) is a seven-day holiday that is celebrated by African Americans and Africans throughout the world. Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a cultural one.

What do you call a gift for Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa gifts — called zawadi — are supposed to be homemade and heartfelt. They can tie into the principles of the day, and reflect certain elements of African heritage. This move was intentional on Karenga’s part, to avoid the consumerism that saturates Christmas.

Why is there an extra a in Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa’s extra “a” evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was done as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa.