Aug 142012

mkeka (mm-KEH-ah) a woven mat, symbolic of black history, typically the other symbols are place upon the mkeka

mazao (mah-ZAH-oh) fruits and vegetables symbolic of the harvest

kinara (kee-NAH-rah) a candleholder, symbolic of the history and people who died in Africa many years ago

mishumaa saba (mee-SHOO-mah SAH-bah) the seven candles, representing the seven principles of Kwanzaa

  • Three red candles are place on the left of the kinara representing the struggle;
  • the middle candle is black, representing the people (all people);
  • and three green candles on the right represent the future.

muhindi (moo-HIN-dee) ears of corn, representing children, one ear of corn for each child in the family

kikombe cha umoja (kee-KOH-beh chah oo-MOH-jah) the unity cup, symbolic of staying together

zawadi (zah-WAH-dee) gifts, given to children as rewards for promises kept during the year, these are not mandatory and are only given if deserved

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 August 14, 2012  Posted by at 12:06 pm Articles