For the past ten years, actress Holly Robinson Peete, her husband Rodney Peete, and their twins Rodney and Ryan,12, and sons Roman,4, and Robinson,7, have celebrated Kwanzaa.
“We celebrate Kwanzaa at the Peete house. My kids learn more about their culture & heritage during these 7 days than they do all year at school! I just really like celebrating Kwanzaa-Kids get connected, a nice ritual , principles solid-honoring ancestors SO important, but every year for 10 yrs w/out fail hubby asks “Now what is Kwanzaa again??” Kids [laugh] but mom RME (rolls my eyes).
Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st and is based on seven principles:
* Umoja (oo-MO-jah)-Unity
* Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)-Self-Determination
* Ujima (oo-GEE-mah)-Collective Work and Responsibility
* Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah)-Cooperative economics
* Nia (NEE-yah)-Purpose
* Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)-Creativity
* Imani (ee-MAH-nee)-Faith