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News Release
Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Celebrate the first fruits of the harvest with dance, drums and designs! December 26 – 30

Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest," is a time of reaffirming African Americans of their ancestors and culture. It’s celebrated with seven nights of candle lighting representing Seven Guiding Principles: Unity, Self-Determination, Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith, to honor the values of ancient African cultures and inspire African Americans who are working for progress.  Celebrate Kwanzaa as part of Seasons of Sharing, Houston’s only multicultural holiday exhibit for children spotlighting seven cultural celebrations, Nov. 12 – Jan. 8.


• Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture:  Get moving with a dynamic and energetic fusion of traditional West African dance and culture.
Event Time:  Dec 26 - 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium

• Koumankele African Dance and Drum Ensemble:  Learn heart pounding African dances and watch an exciting African dance performance in the Brown Auditorium.
Event Time:  Dec. 29 at 6:30 p.m. during Free Family Night.

• Kwanzaa Flag Garland:  The Bendera is the tranditional Kwanzaa flag.  The colors are meant to represent the struggle of the people.  Black represents the people celebrating Kwanzaa, red represents the struggle of African people throughout history, and green represents hope for a better future.  Make a garland at Junktion.
• Adinkra Painting:  Design your own square of African fabric using Ashanti symbols to tell a story at Junktion.
• Good Luck Hand:  A khamsa is a symbol of good luck in Morocco and it’s typically made out of precious metal.  Try and make your khamsa look as valuable as one in a Moroccan market at Junktion.
• Kwanzaa Placemat Weaving:  The symbols of Kwanzaa are arranged on the mkeka, a mat made of straw or African cloth. It symbolizes the foundation upon which communities are built.  Weave one at the Alexander Art Academy.
• Mancala:  Many Kwanzaa principles come from East African traditions and values.  Celebrate with a traditional African strategy seed sowing game.
Event Time:  2 – 6 p.m. at the ExxonMobil Math Cart.

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