Kuumba Kwanzaa Day
Published on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 3:14pm
As December drew to a close, Kuumba Kwanzaa Day was a rousing success! "Kuumba" is celebrated on Dec. 31 and it is the sixth of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, an African-American celebration of family, community and African-based culture founded in the 1960s by Dr. Maulena Karenga.
Our "Kuumba Kwanzaa Day" program ran twice -- at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. -- with a combined total of 45 enthusiastic participants. Children and youth enjoyed the story, L'il Rabbit's Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington, in which a young rabbit searches for a Kwanzaa gift for his ailing grandmother, then surprises her with the best gift of all. The book even details the endearing ways in which Little Rabbit and his community observed all Seven Principles of Kwanzaa (the "Nguzo Saba").
Our listeners learned some words in Swahili (a language primarily spoken in Southeastern African countries) such as "jambo!" (hello!), "kuumba" (creativity) and "zawadi" (gift).
The giving of handmade and natural gifts is a common Kwanzaa ritual, and everyone truly enjoyed creating their own zawadi.
It was truly heart-warming to see some of our 'tweens anxiously joining in to create their own pieces, but pausing to assist some of our youngest participants with tricky cutting and helping them write their names on their artwork.
We truly appreciate our thoughtful Friends of the Rosedale Library for providing the treats which made our day of creativity all the more special. We look forward to the community's continued participation in at the Rosedale Library's upcoming engaging, educational programs throughout the New Year of 2014.
Check our program calendar and come check them out!