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Syndicated Radio Broadcast Journalist Francene Marie Morris turned her love of food, travel and gifts into an online portal, highlighting positive personal views of favorite products & services. Her motto is, before you eat it, buy it, do it, she'll review it,  This year Francene decided to slow down the fast pace and focus on Kwanzaa for She Reviews IT. 

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Libation is an everyday activity when celebrating Kwanzaa. We recognize parents, grandparents and those who came before them. We pour libation and each family member takes a sip from the communal cup, or gestures "a sip" while making positive statements when calling out their names, it's symbolic to bring them into spiritual existence. Reflect on the lessons they taught each generation. Reflect upon the past in a good way!

The evening of December 31st is a special day because your Kwanzaa Karamu is held.

There should be a wide variety of foods that everyone takes responsibility for preparing. When invited, please bring a dish to add to the spread, but if you're not a great cook, just contribute fruits or breads - anything to enhance the meal on December 31st.

Decorate your festive dinner area in the cool colors of black, red and green and show off your Kinera, that's the focus of the entire week.


During Kwanzaa, December 26th to January 1st you'll fast from sunrise to sunset to cleanse your body, mind and spirit. You'll break the fast during your evening meal  and light the appropriate candle relating to the principle of the day.

You're encouraged to invite other family members, friends and neighbors to your home to rejoice collectively to strengthen the UNITY we need in our families and  community.

Remember to say Harambee to anyone and everyone. The meaning is: "let's pull together!

The Big Feast

(Day 6) Karamu

The family plans and engages in activities of choice that highlight this principle.

Karamu (The Feast)

Based on the seven principles, especially: Ujima, Ujamaa and Kuumba.

Ujima - Collective Work & Responsibility

Ujamaa -(oo-GEE-mah) Cooperative Economics

Kuumba - (koo-OOM-bah)
Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

There is no mandatory foods for Kwanzaa except foods that are ideally fresh, healthy and feeds the soul. The choice of food is strictly an individual/family decision. You may choose to go out for your Kwanzaa meal, attending a community celebration.

Here are some menu ideas found online:

Collard Greens

Rice Cheese Balls

Groundnut Stew

Yassa Chicken

Salmon Croquettes

African Creole Turkey

During Kwanzaa you will be sipping libation everyday in honor of your ancestors....