Kwanzaa – Celebration


Some 25 years ago, a new holiday was born — Kwanzaa, a celebration of African-American community and culture that takes place in the last week of the year. Many families observe Kwanzaa at home, and some communities hold public events, like the one we’re listening to right now. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by DuPont.

“Today we’re setting up for a community Kwanzaa celebration here in Santa Cruz, California. And today’s the first day of Kwanzaa and we celebrate Umoja, which means unity.”

Pulse of the Planet listener Ana Marden and her children join in the annual Kwanzaa festivities in Santa Cruz, now in their third year. The day features performances by local young people…

ambience Two girls singing

The mistress of ceremonies describes the Kwanzaa traditions, including the libation ritual.

“This is a special cup that is used to perform libation ritual during the Karamu feast of the sixth day of Kwanzaa. During the Karamu feast, the Kikombe cha umoja is passed to family members and guests who drink from it to promote unity. Then the eldest person present pours the libation in the direction of the four winds to honor the ancestors.”

ambience Harambe chant

And after a final chant.of “harambe”, or “working together”, all present are invited to share in the Kwanzaa feast. Pulse of the Planet is presented by DuPont, bringing you the miracles of science, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I’m Jim Metzner.


Kwanzaa - Celebration

People in Santa Cruz, California, are gathering this week for their third annual festival of Kwanzaa, a celebration of African-American culture and community.
Air Date:12/27/2000
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Some 25 years ago, a new holiday was born -- Kwanzaa, a celebration of African-American community and culture that takes place in the last week of the year. Many families observe Kwanzaa at home, and some communities hold public events, like the one we're listening to right now. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by DuPont.

"Today we're setting up for a community Kwanzaa celebration here in Santa Cruz, California. And today's the first day of Kwanzaa and we celebrate Umoja, which means unity."

Pulse of the Planet listener Ana Marden and her children join in the annual Kwanzaa festivities in Santa Cruz, now in their third year. The day features performances by local young people...

ambience Two girls singing

The mistress of ceremonies describes the Kwanzaa traditions, including the libation ritual.

"This is a special cup that is used to perform libation ritual during the Karamu feast of the sixth day of Kwanzaa. During the Karamu feast, the Kikombe cha umoja is passed to family members and guests who drink from it to promote unity. Then the eldest person present pours the libation in the direction of the four winds to honor the ancestors."

ambience Harambe chant

And after a final chant.of "harambe", or "working together", all present are invited to share in the Kwanzaa feast. Pulse of the Planet is presented by DuPont, bringing you the miracles of science, with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I'm Jim Metzner.