Kwanzaa

This is an Official notification about the Ottawa Kwanzaa celebration. It is with deep regret that we are informing you of the cancellation of the 2021 Kwanzaa celebration scheduled for December 30th at Bronson Centre. The decision to cancel is based on the latest information from Ottawa Public Health around the highly contagious omicron variant and the increased spread of the virus.

The health and safety of our members, guests, performers, and community partners are of paramount interest. All tickets purchased in advance will be fully reimbursed by contacting us at 613-567-0600.

Though the in-person Kwanzaa celebration will no longer take place in the way that we intended, we will continue to promote the principles and values of family, community and culture, and strive toward promoting the goals of Africans helping Africans.

Thanks for your continued support. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday.

Warmth & togetherness. Joy & prosperity. Let the light of Kwanzaa bring happiness to your home.


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.

Purchase a Kinara

The main symbol of Kwanzaa is a Kinara with 7 candles (each representing one of the principles of Kwanzaa).

This year you can purchase your own set for $80 whether you're an organization looking to educate your members about Kwanzaa, or a family that wishes to celebrate Kwanzaa in your own home this holiday.

All proceeds go towards funding Jaku Konbit's Programs. If you are interested send us a message or call 613-567-0600.