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Kwanzaa is one of the best holidays to celebrate for people who love to be cultured! It does not have to replace Christmas and most families who celebrate Kwanzaa celebrate it in conjunction with Christmas! It is all about feeling empowered and rising above in terms of hardships and struggles. It is all about connecting with the roots of your heritage! Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, spoke highly about Kwanzaa by saying, "The seven principles of Kwanzaa - unity, self-determination, collective work, and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith -- teach us that when we come together to strengthen our families and communities and honor the lesson of the past, we can face the future with joy and optimism."
It is amazing that such an important historical figure acknowledges a holiday that is outside of his own culture with so much love and respect! Thinking of the struggles that our African ancestors lived through is enough to make a person cry because we reflect on how strong they had to be to survive and endure the pain they lived through, in order for their bloodline to travel as far as it has. Kwanzaa takes all of those things into consideration as we honor our strong ancestors and the pain they endured so many years ago. What is awesome is that anyone can celebrate Kwanzaa... not just people who come from African roots! It is a holiday about moving towards happiness, success, and fulfillment in life, being unified, and remaining strong through any and everything.
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