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The observance of Kwanzaa, begun on Dec. 26 with the lighting of the kinara in Fountain Square, continued on Dec. 28 at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.
Ceremonial libations were poured symbolically to ancestors, then children in the Fleetwood-Jourdain programs read poems or described the seven symbols of Kwanzaa: Mazao, the crops, symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of the rewards of productive and collective labor; Mkeka, the mat, symbolic of African tradition and history; Kinara, the candle-holder, symbolic of roots and continental Africans; Muhindi, the corn, symbolic of the children and the future they embody; Mishumaa Saba, the seven candles, symbolic of the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles, the matrix and minimum set of values which African people are urged to live by in order to rescue and reconstruct their lives in their own image and according to their own needs; Kikombe cha Umoja, the unity cup, symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity; Zawadi, the gifts, symbolic of the labor and love of parents and the commitments made and kept by the children.