Jaku Konbit Invites You to the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

Jaku Konbit warmly invites you, your family, and friends to join us in our annual Ottawa Kwanzaa celebration on Friday, December 30th at the Ukrainian Banquet Hall.

You are encouraged to come “dressed to impress” to partake in a festive and entertaining occasion featuring performing artists from the African-Caribbean-Black community. The event is also a magnificent way to experience the diverse sights, sounds and tastes that make up our national capital community. The dynamic showcase will include cultural dancers, drumming, singing, music, poetry and authentic African and Caribbean cuisine for the entire family.

This year’s theme is, ‘Uniting to Strengthen Family & Community” and is based on the first principle of Kwanzaa Umoja (Unity). It highlights the need for us to develop and sustain a sense of oneness, righteousness and rightful togetherness as a larger community family. Umoja is reflected in the African Ubuntu which means “I AM because WE ARE” – powerful unifying words. We believe that everyone in our community is responsible for one another. By working together, we will achieve great things.

Purchase Your Kwanzaa Tickets Here!!

Tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained by contacting Jaku Konbit at 613-567-0600.

Kwanzaa is not a religious occasion, but a celebration of the African-Caribbean-Black diaspora experience. Our celebration on Friday, December 30th encapsulates the 7-day Kwanzaa observed annually from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Kwanzaa allows us all to come together as one community to honor and celebrate family, community and culture.

We hope you will join us on December 30th and look forward to seeing you on this special occasion.

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.