I always enjoy learning about different cultures and as we are at the start of Kwanzaa I thought I would showcase artist that have made the lighting of the Kinara an art in itself. I loved Renee's take on Kwanzaa and wanted to share with you all.
Lighting the Kinara for Kwanzaa - written by Renee of Cutie Booty Cakes
The first time I was introduced to Kwanzaa I was in high school and watched an African dance troupe perform and symbolically light the seven candles on the kinara – 3 red for the struggle, 3 green for hope and the future, and the black candle in the middle for unity. As I became older I heard more and more about Kwanzaa and now the word has become a normal part of everyone’s vernacular during the December holiday season. But what is Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa is a Kiswahili word that means first fruits. It is a celebration of African heritage started by Ron Karenga during the black nationalist movement in the sixties.