How to Celebrate Kwanzaa as a Nurse

How do you celebrate Kwanzaa as a Nurse? The seven-day festival known as Kwanzaa honors the contributions of African-Americans to their communities and cultures. This holiday is a celebration of the lives of African-Americans and it lasts for a full week. It begins on the 26th of December and ends on the 1st of January each year. 

Families of any race, religion, or ethnicity can take part in the Kwanzaa celebrations. During this period, they can celebrate the illustrious history of black culture and achievements in the United States as well as in other parts of the world. This post will show you to celebrate Kwanzaa as a nurse.

How To Celebrate Kwanzaa as a Nurse

To get the party started, deck out your home with Kwanzaa mementos and decorations. Place a straw or woven mat known as the “Mkeka,” which represents the historical foundation of African ancestry, on t a table. Ensure that the table has been covered with a green tablecloth and is situated in the center of the room. Place the following on the Mkeka: 

  • Mazao
  • Kinara
  • Mishumaa Saba
  • Muhindi
  • Zawadi
  • Kikombe cha Umoja.

Now, check below to find out how to celebrate Kwanzaa as a nurse:

Be Sure To Wish People A Happy Kwanzaa

From the 26th of December onward, you should say "Habari Gani" to everyone you meet. This is a common greeting in Swahili, and it literally translates to "what is the news?" When someone greets you, you should reply with “Nguzo Saba.” 

Non-African Americans are encouraged to participate in the greetings as much as possible. Their customary greeting is "Joyous Kwanzaa," which means "Happy Kwanzaa."

Light The Kinara Everyday

The “Kinara” depicts seven candles that stand for the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Because each candle stands for a different concept, it is customary to light them one at a time, following a predetermined schedule. The dark candle is always lit first, regardless of the situation. You should light the candles in the order below:

  • First day: Black candle
  • Second day: Far left red candle
  • Third day: Far-right green candle
  • Fourth day: Second red candle
  • Fifth day: Second green candle
  • Sixth day: Last red candle
  • Seventh day: Last green candle

Engage In Entertaining Activities

Several activities go on during the Kwanzaa celebration. Choose to participate in as many of these activities as you can. Whatever you do, be sure to save the feast for the sixth day. A Kwanzaa entertaining activity schedule might include the following:

  • Drumming, as well as various musical selections.
  • The African Pledge and the Principles of Blackness are both read aloud.
  • A contemplation of the Pan-African colors, a dialogue on the African values of the day, or a recitation of some chapters from the annals of African history.
  • The ceremony of lighting candles is performed by the Kinara.
  • Various forms of artistic performances.

Host A Large Feast on the Sixth Day

The Kwanzaa “Karamu” feast is traditionally held on the evening of the last day of the year. The celebration of Kwanzaa with a feast is a very significant event that brings people closer to their African heritage. It is an annual event that takes place on December 31 and is characterized by a sense of community and collaboration. 

A color scheme of red, green, and black should be used to decorate the location where the feast will be held. The room where the Kwanzaa feast will be held ought to be dominated by a large Kwanzaa setting. It is recommended that a large Mkeka be positioned in the floor's center. The food should be arranged artistically and made available to everyone so they can serve themselves. A program that is both informative and entertaining should be presented prior to the feast as well as while it is being eaten.

Give Gifts

On the first day of the New Year, you should trade presents for “Kuumba.” Kuumba, which literally translates to "creativity," is highly encouraged and results in a feeling of contentment with oneself. The gifts are traditionally given out on January 1st, which is the seventh and final day of Kwanzaa. These gifts are typically exchanged between the parents and the children. Because gift-giving has a significant bearing on Kuumba, the presents that are given ought to be instructional or artistic in character.


May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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