Celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa throughout your home. Use traditional symbols like the Bendera Ya Taifa — the traditional Kwanzaa flag — to decorate your walls, along with African masks and painted ceramic bowls.
Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 in honor of African-American cultural heritage and traditional values. Make homemade Kwanzaa decorations using the traditional colors of red, green and black. Draw inspiration for your décor from African and African-American crafts, paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and photographs.
- Hang the Bendera Ya Taifa on the wall.
- Display Nguzo Saba — the seven principles of Kwanzaa — posters around your home. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are:
- Umoja (unity)
- Kujichagulia (self-determination)
- Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
- Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
- Nia (purpose)
- Kuumba (creativity)
- Imani (faith)
- Paint the Nguzo Saba on pieces of wood, and display them on a mantel or bookshelf.
- Scatter the symbols of Kwanzaa throughout your home by decorating with ears of dried corn and other traditional African crops.
- Display a kinara — a seven-branch candleholder representing African ancestors — on a table or another prominent place in the house. Don't forget to include the Mishumaa Saba, seven candles representing the seven principles.