Kwanzaa

French Kwanzaa vocabulary
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Fête afro-américaine

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’unité (Umoja)
2.Self-determination l’autodétermination (Kujichagulia)
3.Collective work and responsibility le travail et la responsabilité coopératifs (Ujima)
4.Cooperative economics la coopération économique (Ujamaa)
5.Purpose le but (Nia)
6.Creativity la créativité (Kuumba)
7.Faith la foi (Imani)

Kwanzaa colors ~ Les couleurs de Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa has three symbolic colors:

blacknoir(the people)
redrouge(their struggle)
greenvert(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
African-American  
   (adjective)
(noun)
 afro-Américain, noir américain
un Afro-Américain, un Noir américain
art l’art
book un livre
candle une bougie
candle holder un bougeoir
community la communauté
corn le maïs
culture la culture
family la famille
flag le drapeau
fruit les fruits
gift le cadeau
harvest la récolte
heritage le patrimoine
hope l’espoir
humanity l’humanité
mat la natte
meditation la méditation
rebirth la renaissance
respect le respect
seven candles sept bougies
struggle la lutte
thanks remerciements
Unity cup la coupe de l’Unité
values les valeurs

Happy Kwanzaa! Joyeux Kwanzaa !

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