Posted on December 19, 2009
Kwanzaa Decorations & Flowers, As Well As an Overview
Kwanzaa, by comparison to the other holidays celebrated around this time, is extremely young. It began with Dr. Maulana Karenga-a professor of Africana Studies at California State University-in 1966, and has been seen more as a cultural holiday rather than a religiously based one (e.g., Christmas and Hanukkah). The celebration of Kwanzaa is oriented around communal and family values that are outlined by seven principles:
1. Unity (Umoja)
2. Self-Determination (Kujichagulia)
3. Collective Work and Responsibility (Ujima)
4. Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa)
5. Purpose (Nia)
6. Creativity (Kuumba)
7. Faith (Imani)
These seven principles play a big role in Kwanzaa decorations as well.
The Basics of Kwanzaa Decorations
The centerpiece of most Kwanzaa decoration setups is an array of seven candles (the kinara); three are red, three are green, and the middle one is black. Each candle represents one of the abovementioned principles, and is lit with each passing day between December 26th and January 1st. There are no designated Kwanzaa flowers or decorations per se (other than the kinara, that is), but that doesn't mean your options for Kwanzaa are limited. On the contrary, since the core colors are red, green, and black, various combinations of these colors on different mediums have the potential to be wonderful Kwanzaa decorations. As mentioned in our previous post about Christmas gift baskets, the creativity of the celebrants is in complete control of the specifics of Kwanzaa flowers and decorations. Just keep the colors, and of course the holiday's meaning, in mind at all times.
We're Here For Your Kwanzaa Flowers and Decorations
Looking for some great flower arrangements around the kinara? Need some input as to which flowers reflect or complement the colors of Kwanzaa? Big Apple Florist is the place to go. No matter what holiday you plan on celebrating, we have plenty of floral options to make your experience that much more special and memorable.
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