Renewal Period - Kwanzaa


Months in the African Cultural Calendar

Ghana 27, 506 otd
Afrimonth: Kwanzaa

Renewal Period: Kwanzaa

December 26 to January 1

The last day in the afriyear is Garvey 30th. Kwanzaa in not considered an afrimonth; it is a renewal period. This renewal period is name after the first fruit festival Kwanzaa. It is a period that symbolized how the people have renewed themselves after the year of the push and pull. In the renewal period the old year and the days are transitioned. The seven days in the renewal period are named the same as the principles of Kwanzaa. The date in the renewal period is given by the principle and the year. The first day in the renewal period in the current year is Umoja 506 otd otd (December 26, 2022).

Afrimonth: Kwanzaa Image

Rebirth and Rejuvenation

The renewal period is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation. The ancestors had similar periods in their calendars. Multi-day celebrations, such as the Wepet Renpet in Kemet, celebrated the rebirth of the natural world in a new year. The renewal period in the Africalendar is similar. It builds on the foundation that the elders lay. In the African Cultural Calendar, the renewal period is called Kwanzaa like the African-American first fruit festival holiday. Kwanzaa has seven principles (Nguzo Saba) and the name of the principles are used as a part of the daily greeting during Kwanzaa. The African Cultural Calendar adopts these principles, but it uses them as the name of the days in the renewal period. As the old year transitions and rejuvenates into a new year, the names of the day of the week also transitions from Monday, Tuesday, etc. into the names of the Nguzo Saba. The days in the renewal period are named as follows: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, Imani.