Ottawa Kwanzaa Celebration

A Smashing Success

A heartfelt thanks to those who joined us for the annual Ottawa Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, December 30th at the Mosaic Conventional Centre. With over 300 people in attendance, the hall was filled with dancers, singers, poets, and the inspiring Keynote Speaker, Hon. Jean Augustine. the Ottawa Kwanzaa painted a vibrant picture of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. These seven principles form the bedrock of this beautiful celebration, and last night, we witnessed these principles come alive in extraordinary ways. What a great way to end 2023 and welcome the new year with love and unity!

Comments from members of the Community:

“Congratulations Ken, to you and your team for an amazing event.”

"This is our first exposure to Kwanzaa, and it is an experience that we will hold for quite some time and share with friends and family."

"We loved the wide range of participants, especially the youngsters (so encouraging) and of course our highlight was the drummers who closed off the evening. Impressive!!!"

"Jaku's contribution to the Ottawa community is remarkable... keep it up”

“Congratulations to Jaku for an excellent presentation. Everything was on point!”

"Happy new year! Congratulations on a well-run Kwanzaa Celebration. It was my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done Jaku Konbit!"

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Kwanzaa - Online Celebration

Tuesday, December 26th - January 1, 2024

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Kween KahMaria Pingue online, daily during the week of Dec 26 thru Jan 1, 2024!

Join us for an online celebration via Zoom during the week of Kwanzaa. We will learn and share together while having lots of fun. From December 26th to January 1st, every day at 6:30 PM, we will be live online celebrating Kwanzaa. As a community, we will light our candles, discuss the day's principle from the Nguzo Saba (7 principles), and celebrate together.

We understand that due to COVID, physical gatherings in large groups may not be possible for many of us. However, we can still come together virtually on Zoom in mind and spirit. Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday celebrated by over 35 million people of African descent throughout the world. As Black people, we must be mindful of the customs and traditions we practice and pass down, especially those that were not created by us and do not benefit us. Instead, we should embrace celebrations that align with our values.

If you want to watch videos related to the online celebration of Kwanzaa, please click here.

What is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa is a non-religious cultural holiday that is celebrated around the world from December 26 - January 1 of the New Year. The celebration is designed to promote cultural pride, dignity, and foster a vibrant and healthy community.

There are seven principles highlighted during the season of Kwanzaa:

  • Umoja, Unity - to be unified as a diverse amalgamation of one people
  • Kujichagulia, Self Determination - to drive oneself to achieve one's goals
  • Ujima, Collective Work and Responsibility - to work for the community
  • Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics - to economically support each other
  • Nia, Purpose - to commit oneself to the betterment of our community
  • Kuumba, Creativity - to do whatever you can in the way you can
  • Imani, Faith - to believe in what you are doing and its outcome.