French Kwanzaa vocabulary
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FĂȘte afro-amĂ©ricaine

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African identity and culture throughout the world, particularly in the United States. It takes place annually from 26 December to 1 January (du 26 décembre au 1e janvier).

The seven principles of Kwanzaa ~ Les sept principes de Kwanzaa

The celebration of Kwanzaa is centered around seven principles, or values. Each day of the week-long festival is dedicated to one of these values.

 Note: because the Swahili language is such an integral part of Kwanzaa, I included the Swahili terms (in parentheses).

1.  Unity   l’unitĂ©   (Umoja)
2. Self-determination   l’autodĂ©termination   (Kujichagulia)
3. Collective work and responsibility   le travail et la responsabilité coopĂ©ratifs   (Ujima)
4. Cooperative economics   la coopĂ©ration économique   (Ujamaa)
5. Purpose   le but   (Nia)
6. Creativity   la crĂ©ativitĂ©   (Kuumba)
7. Faith   la foi   (Imani)

Kwanzaa colors ~ Les couleurs de Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa has three symbolic colors:

black noir (the people)
red rouge (their struggle)
green vert (hope for the future)

More: Colors in French

Kwanzaa vocabulary ~ Le vocabulaire de Kwanzaa

Some French terms and ideas related to the celebration of Kwanzaa:

Africa   l’Afrique
African   africain
  afro-AmĂ©ricain, noir amĂ©ricain
un Afro-Américain, un Noir américain
art   l’art
book   un livre
candle   une bougie
candle holder   un bougeoir
community   la communautĂ©
corn   le maĂŻs
culture   la culture
family   la famille
flag   le drapeau
fruit   les fruits
gift   le cadeau
harvest   la rĂ©colte
heritage   le patrimoine
hope   l’espoir
humanity   l’humanitĂ©
mat   la natte
meditation   la mĂ©ditation
rebirth   la renaissance
respect   le respect
seven candles   sept bougies
struggle   la lutte
thanks   remerciements
Unity cup   la coupe de l’UnitĂ©
values   les valeurs

Happy Kwanzaa! Joyeux Kwanzaa !

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