December 31st marks the 6th day of Kwanzaa. On the sixth day, we light the third red candle, which represents the principle of Kuumba, or creativity.
Commitment: On this day, we pledge to always do all we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and more beneficial than the way we inherited it.
Blacks are practically bursting with creativity, and the TikTok creators’ strike last June is proof of the influence and power of our creativity. Our creative minds have spawned revolutionary inventions, entertainment and fashions that shape culture; and new ways to heal and uplift the community.
Ways to practice Kuumba include participating in a Kwanzaa musical celebration, painting a mural, or creating a garden in your neighborhood. You can create something new, whether it’s a work of art or even a new idea.
On this day, it is also customary to hold a big party called Karamu, which can be held at home, in a community center or in a church. Typically, the menu will include foods and ingredients native to the African continent such as sesame seeds, peanuts, collard greens, and yams.
How are you going to celebrate Kuumba today and in the New Year?
Habari gani? Kuumba!
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