A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture

1st Day of Kwanzaa (December 26, 2020): We practice the Principle Umoja (Unity)

December 26, 2020: is the first day of this special celebration, and it continues until January 1, 2021.

Beginning today those who celebrate Kwanzaa lit the first (1st) candle and began practicing the first of 7 important principles (this celebration continues until the first day of 2021).

TODAY'S PRINCIPLE (the 1st day of Kwanzaa) "UMOJA" (Unity) is practiced: "To Strive For and maintain unity in Family, Community, Nation, and Race"

...This principle instructs that each member of the family and by extension the community is constituted by a web of interpersonal relationships.

The health and possibilities of the family and community, therefore, is dependent upon the quality of relationship within the family and community."

On behalf of all of us at Arious Group: Arious Entertainment Group, Caribbean Cooperative, MyCaribbean, and Trekking with the Mangatals we send warm wishes to all our friends and family who observe and participate in this joyous celebration

HAPPY KWANZAA to all of you, and we ask that you join us as we light our first candle 

 

 

 

2nd Day of Kwanzaa (December 27, 2020: We practice the principle "Kujichagulia" (Self-Determination)

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December 27, 2020 marks the 2nd Day of Kwanzaa; and we continue to celebrate Family, Community, and Culture by observing and practicing the principle: "Kujichagulia" (Self Determination)

The meaning of this principle is quite simple and one we MUST do: To DEFINE OURSELVES, NAME OURSELVES, CREATE FOR OURSELVES, and SPEAK FOR OURSELVES. 

This principle states: African American; like all people, need shared cultural values, symbols, rituals, and practices; in order to give their families and children meaning, value, identity, and community.

All of us at Arious Group wish all of you our friends and family HAPPY KWANZAA, and we ask that you join us as we light our second candle; along with working on, and completing this important principle - Kjichagulia!

 

 

 

 

3rd Day of Kwanzaa (December 28, 2020): We practice the principle "Ujima" (Collective Work and Responsibility)

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The Celebration of Kwanzaa … the Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture continues today/tonight December 28, 2020 with its 3rd Principle “UJIMA” (Collective Work and Responsibility).

The meaning of this 3rd Principle “Ujima” is: To build and maintain our community together, and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems; and to solve them together.

Further, this principle “teaches each family member to recognize that their own well-being is derived from their family and community’s well-being, and that they must be concerned with the overall health of their family and community; and that the lives of each family member and that of the community are bound together.”

All of us at Arious Group hope that you practice this important principle as you move forward into the New Year, and in-fact...{N LIFE overall. We wish that your Kwanzaa celebration is Happy and meaningful.

 

 

 

4th Day of Kwanzza (December 29, 2020: We practice the principle "Ujamaa" (Cooperative Economics))

 

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We are hopeful you are inspired by, and embracing the ethical principles and values of “Kwanzaa”…  A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture; and therefore on this day December 29, 2020; we invite you to continue celebrating the richness by practicing the Principle “UJAMAA” on this 4th day of Kwanzaa.

“UJAMMA” means: Cooperative Economics; and this principle instructs us: “To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses; and to profit from them together.

Additionally, (Ujamaa) “empowers families and communities to come together around their collective economic interest and to see their economic strength in co-opt owing and buying as in employee owned credit unions.”

 

 

 

 

 

5th Day of Kwanzza (December 30, 2020: We practice the principle "Nia" (Purpose)

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December 30, 2020 the 5th day of the joyous celebration “Kwanzaa”---

(A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture), and today the principle "NIA" is practiced.

The meaning of “NIA” is: PURPOSE.

“NIA” encourages us: ”To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

This principle “NIA” instructs each family member to see him or herself as linked to the larger project of nation building. “An individual has not started to live until he or she can rise above the narrow confines of his or her individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity”, Martin Luther King, Jr. instructs.”

 

 

 

 

6th Day of Kwanzaa (December 31, 2020: We practice the principle "Kuumba" (Creativity)

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The celebration of KWANZAA continues on this 6th day (December 31, 2020), as we light our 6th candle. --- (A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture).

On this day the following important principle is focused upon: "KUUMBA"; which means Creativity.

“KUUMBA” instructs us: “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can; in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.“

This principle (Kuumba) demands continuous improvement in personal and family and social matters. George Washington Carver teaches us all that “No one has a right to come into the world without leaving behind a distinct and legitimate reason for having passed through it”.

We at Arious hope as you celebrate this day you are motivated and even determined to channel your CREATIVE energies to build, preserve and uplift our strong vibrant community

 

 

 

 

7th Day of Kwanzaa (January 1, 2021: We practice the principle "Imani" (Faith)

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HAPPY KWANZAA!

The last Principle of Kwanzaa “IMANI” is said to be the most powerful Principle of the 7; and it is celebrated today (January 1, 2021). Therefore we must light the last candle, and continue with the celebrating of Family, Community, and Culture with food, laughter, and surrounded with positive folks that you feel good about letting into your circle.

I imagine throughout our lives we have practiced “IMANI”. In fact, it becomes a constant part of our life; simply because it means Faith. Yes Faith, which is all about BELIEVING…you don’t know how it will happen; but you know it absolutely WILL.

“IMANI” instructs us: To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders; and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.”

The “IMANI” principle teaches personal and collective efficacy.

Mary McLeod Bethune says: “Without faith nothing is possible; with faith nothing is impossible. Faith in God is the greatest power, but great to is faith in oneself”. Howard Thurman teaches that faith is the “promise of tomorrow at the close of everyday, the triumph of life in the defiance of death.”)

All of us at Arious Group hope your Kwanzaa celebration was JOYOUS and filled with lots of Love and Warmth. Do let this last day mark the beginning of a new focus in your life. Please practice all 7 of these Kwanzaa Principles throughout the year, and with the lighting of these 7 candles may it bring you new rays of hope and brightness; and may it fill your homes as well as your life with peace and prosperity. Moreover, allow it to give you the courage and good vibes to conquer the world on your OWN terms.

MANY BLISSFUL KWANZAA GREETINGS TO YOU for this New Year-2021

 

 

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