Spanish Kwanzaa vocabulary
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Fiesta afroestadounidense

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African identity and culture throughout the world, particularly in the United States. It takes place annually from 26 December to 1 January (del 26 diciembre hasta el 1° enero).

The seven principles of Kwanzaa ~ Los siete principios de Kwanzaa

The celebration of Kwanzaa is centered around seven principles, or values. Each day of the week-long festival is dedicated to one of these values.

 Note: because the Swahili language is such an integral part of Kwanzaa, I included also the Swahili terms (in parentheses).

1.  Unity   la unidad   (Umoja)
2. Self-determination   la autodeterminación   (Kujichagulia)
3. Collective work and responsibility   el trabajo y la responsabilidad colectivos   (Ujima)
4. Cooperative economics   la economía cooperativa   (Ujamaa)
5. Purpose   el objetivo y dirección   (Nia)
6. Creativity   la creatividad   (Kuumba)
7. Faith   la fe   (Imani)

Kwanzaa colors ~ Los colores de Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa has three symbolic colors:

black negro (the people)
red rojo (their struggle)
green verde (hope for the future)

More: Colors in Spanish

Kwanzaa vocabulary ~ El vocabulario de Kwanzaa

Some Spanish terms and ideas related to the celebration of Kwanzaa:

Africa   el África
African   africano
African-American   afroestadounidense
art   el arte
book   un libro
candle   una vela
candle holder   un candelabo
community   la comunidad
corn   el maíz
culture   la cultura
family   la familia
flag   la bandera
fruit   las frutas
gift   el regalo
harvest   la cosecha
heritage   el patrimonio
hope   la esperanza
humanity   la humanidad
mat   la estera
meditation   la meditación
rebirth   el renacimiento
respect   el respeto
seven candles   siete velas
struggle   la lucha
thanks   las gracias
Unity cup   el cáliz de la Unidad
values   los valores

Happy Kwanzaa!  ¡Feliz Kwanzaa!

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