What do you do on 3rd day of Kwanzaa?
We devote the third day of Kwanzaa to Ujima – the principle of collective work and responsibility.
- Lighting the Third Candle. We light the green candle on the day of Ujima.
- Collective Work. Celebrate Ujima by finding a project you and your loved ones can work on together.
- Collective Responsibility.
What’s the third day of Kwanzaa mean?
collective work and responsibility
Today is the third day of Kwanzaa. The principle celebrated is ujima or collective work and responsibility. That means to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
What candle do you light on the third day of Kwanzaa?
On the third day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, and then the farthest right green candle. This represents the 3rd principle of Kwanzaa – Ujima: Collective work and responsibility.
What does Umoja mean in Kwanzaa?
Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
What does each day of Kwanzaa represent?
Each night during Kwanzaa a candle is lit. The seven days and candles in Kwanzaa represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo Saba): Umoja: Unity – Unity of the family, community, nation and race. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination – Being responsible for your own conduct and behaviour.
What do the 7 candles in Kwanzaa stand for?
‘ The seven candles (Mishumaa Saba): These represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. ‘ The gifts (Zawadi): Presents symbolize parents’ love and labor of parents and the commitments of children.
What order do you light the Kwanzaa candles?
The official lighting direction is to light the center black candle first, then proceed from left to right, beginning with the leftmost red candle. Alternatively, some prefer to light the center black candle first, then alternate between red and green candles, beginning with the leftmost red candle, followed by the rightmost green candle, and so on, moving from the outer candles inward.
Kwanzaa/Candle lighting direction
What happens on the third day of Kwanzaa?
On the third day the black candle is lit, then the farthest left red, and then the farthest right green candle. This represents the 3rd principle of Kwanzaa – Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility. The third principle is discussed. The family shares the Unity cup and the candles are extinguished.
How are the Kwanzaa candles lit on the fourth day?
The candles are then extinguished. On the fourth day of Kwanzaa, the black candle is lit at first, then the utmost left red one, then the farthest right green one and at last the next red candle, placed at the left hand side of the black one, is lit. It represents the 4th principle, i.e. Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH) or Collective Economics.
What does the 5th principle of Kwanzaa mean?
The black candle, then the left most red candle, then the right most green candle, then the 2nd red candle at the left hand side and lastly the next green candle are lit in the same sequence. This represents the 5th principle i.e. Kwanzaa – Nia (NEE-ah) or Purpose. Members discuss the fifth principle and share Unity cup.
What to do in your home for Kwanzaa?
Since Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, you and your family can use great creativity in you observance of the holiday. Set up an area in your home for the Kwanzaa altar or table. Decorate your home in the same spirit as other holidays. Create posters and banners to hang on the walls, add African sculptures or other artwork.