Kwanzaa Plants, Books and Gifts

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Celebrate the African-American community with these cultural symbols. Learn how to select plants, books and gifts for Kwanzaa in this free holiday history video.

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Hi, I'm Masequa Myers and in this clip, we will be talking about the additional symbols that you can use to celebrate your Kwanzaa. We're looking down and you see that I have a plant here. It is always nice to have the plant that symbolize life on your table. And also, it symbolizes what we're going to use the kikombe cha umoja for later on, which is the unity cup. We will be pouring our tambiko using our plant. Okay? And you want to have zawadi, which means "gifts" in Swahili. Right here we have some wonderful gifts on the mat or the mkeka, that we will be giving to the children a little later. Homemade or creative gifts. And that's what we're talking about, no need to spend a lot of money on that, gifts. Right here additional symbols. This right here is a symbol about education and that's very important. So you have books on your culture and African culture and African-American culture, they're right here. And we have sculptures celebrating our culture. And that's what Kwanzaa's all about celebrating family, community and culture, African culture. So we have a wonderful statue here, one here. And finally, bendera, which means "flag" in Swahili. This is a flag of black people. A lot of African countries have this flag. This flag was designed by the Honorable Marcus Garvey and red, meaning the blood, black, meaning the people, and green meaning hope, prosperity and growth. Those are our additional Kwanzaa symbols. And in the next clip, we will talk about the principles of Kwanzaa. Seven principles, nguzo saba.

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