Prepare for your Future – Day 2 of Kwanzaa: Self-determination

Today, December 27th, is the second day of Kwanzaa. The principle for the day is Kujichagulia, Swahili for self-determination. It's a day when all people are challenged to define themselves by expressing their unique qualities and to work to be better at everything they do. If you've been a regular reader of this blog, you know that I value and promote self-determination. It is a critical element of being a fully realized person, and of being the best YOU that you can be.

Kwanzaa is an annual time of preparation for the new year, and this week between Christmas day and New Year’s day is no exception. While the holidays can be full of activity, happiness and good times, they are also a time of reflection and consideration – many people use this time to plan their year ahead.

The seven principles of Kwanzaa, known as the Nguzo Saba (en-goo-zo sah-bah) are explored and celebrated during the week, and yesterday, Day 1 of Kwanzaa, represented the principle Umoja, or Unity. The celebration of each day of Kwanzaa includes lighting the Kinara (candleholder). The Kinara has seven (7) spaces for candles – three red candles, three green candles, and one black candle.

The three red candles are set up on the left side of the kinara as it faces you, the three green candles on the right side, and the black candle in the center. On day 1, the black candle at the center of the kinara was lit; on today, day 2, we will light the first red candle at the far left of the kinara. Each day another candle will be lit, starting with the black candle and alternating between red and green after day 1.

Today, December 27th,

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