I mentioned to some friends that my household is even observing (our version of) Kwanzaa this year. I had some curiousity earlier this season and was really impressed by the principles of this holiday (which I have pasted for you here).
Basically, there are 7 days of observance during which friends and family can exchange small gifts that are meant to uplift, inspire, and nurture who we are as creative, proactive, free-thinking individuals and to unite us as a community.
Unity- To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
Self-Determination- To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Collective Work and Responsibility- To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
Cooperative Economics- To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
Purpose- To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Creativity- To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
Faith- To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.