The official Kwanzaa colors are Black, Red, and Green. Black is for the people; Red is for our continuing struggle and blood shed; Green is for our youth and future that we shall build together.
Black, Red, and Green combinations are used to decorate the home or gathering place with original creative things. Suggested items include: African-American or traditional African Art, paintings and carvings, cut up designs out of inexpensive crepe paper, flowers and live plants, and of course, plenty of fresh fruits baskets.
KWANZAA KARAMU (Feast)The night of the Karamu (feast) December 31st is a very special occasion for the entire family and the community at large It is a time to share and enjoy a variety of food dishes, music and dance. Everyone joins in Ujima. The Karama opens with an informative program, welcoming all warmly. The feast time is set aside for remembering, reassessment and recommitment. The program is concluded with a farewell statement and a call for greater unity in our struggle.
KWANZAA ZAWADI (Gifts)
In order to keep gift giving conscious and in the Kwanzaa spirit, we suggest the following items: books—especially on our history and biographies of African-Americans and Africans; art originals--prints, posters; gift baskets of food and freshly baked goods; cultural jewelry and clothes; records-- traditional and jazz music; instruments—drums, kilimbas, flute; household items—wooden salad and nut bowls trays; plants; toys—black dolls and action figures and black educational games.
All of the symbols should be placed conspicuously on a low table or on the floor (preferably wood) in the dining, living, or kitchen.
The cards should be original and creative designs with messages upholding the concept, meaning and practice of Kwanzaa. Their presentation must be non-religious with strong positive African and African-American images. It is advisable to only purchase inexpensive and reasonably priced ready-made cards.
During Kwanzaa, we greet each other in Swahili.
Greeting: 1st day of Kwanzaa: Habari gani? or What’s new?
Response: The name of each of Kwanzaa.
Example: Habari gani?
Response: 1st day: Umoja;
2ndday: Kujichagulia (Self-determination)
This greeting continues until the last day of Kwanzaa,--Imani (Faith).