Kwanzaa Gift Edition

A proper Kwanzaa gift (or Zawadi) should be affordable, enriching and of an educational or artistic nature, all of which are practically a definition of Ta-Ka-Radi.


Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors and culture.


Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of harvest” in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance and is observed by more than 18 million people worldwide according to the New York Times.

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. With its African heritage and Kwanzaa themed bag, Ta-Ka-Radi is a perfect Kwanzaa gift! Click here for ordering information.


It is based on the Nguzo Saba (seven guiding principles) one for each day of the observance. These are:

  • Umoja (or Unity) - stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying 'I am We' or 'I am because we are.'
  • Kujichagulia (or Self-Determination) - requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.
  • Ujima (or Collective Work and Responsibility) - reminds us of our obligations to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society and world.
  • Ujamaa (or Cooperative Economics) - emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.
  • Nia (or Purpose) - encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.
  • Kuumba (or Creativity) - makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.
  • Imani (or Faith) - focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our abilities to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.

Please note: the above information and text are courtesy of The International Kwanzaa Exchange or T.I.K.E. For further information and suggestions for how best to celebrate Kwanzaa, please visit : www.tike.com/celeb-kw.htm

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