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Kwanzaa Cards

17 December 2013 by Mitty

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Craft in the Anthony Walker Education Centre © Pete Carr

Just thought I’d let you know about our festive craft activities that we’ll be running later this month. You might think it would be Christmas but it’s actually the lesser known festival of Kwanzaa. It is an African-American celebration of family community and culture. This Pan-African celebration takes place between Christmas and New Year and we’ll be making kwanzaa cards to celebrate. If you ask very nicely we might even  get out the glitter glues!

The festival was created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. He has previously been one of our guest speakers for slavery remembrance day. Although the focus of Kwanzaa is African cultural heritage, the 7 principles (one for each day of the festival) that Kwanzaa is based around can really be applied to all communities.

My favourite belief is called kuumba meaning creativity in Swahili; it says we should do as much as we can, in anyway that we can, to leave our communities more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited. I  like to feel we’re working towards this!

So if you’re looking for something family friendly to do on the 27 & 28 December please drop into the International Slavery Museum between 1-4pm to make a Kwanzaa cards and learn more about this incredibly uplifting celebration.

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