I was lucky enough to attend my first ever Afridiziak Gifts and Occasions winter fair in time for Christmas/Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage. It is celebrated from December 26 to January 1, ending in a feast and gift-giving. Founded by Maulana Karenga in 1966 as an alternative to mainstream practices and as a time for members of the black diaspora to celebrate their African Heritage. The main focus of Kwanzaa is on the following:-
- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
- Ujima (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.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (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.
- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
So staying through to the above mentioned, all vendors oat the event were black selling produce which reflected and celebrated being black and black culture in all its monumental glory 😀
I really enjoyed the event! I got to catch up with old friends and acquire new ones. The atmosphere was very animated, there was a gentle hum punctuated quite often actually by bursts of laughter as those present spoke among themselves….I got drunk on rum cake…I kid you not O_O.
I bought a few things at the event and collected numerous business cards. However I feel due to the uniqueness and bespoke nature of each of the vendors, they each require their own post or moment in the spotlight… So stay tuned as I introduce you to those present at the third annual AfridiziakGO Birmingham event!!
Below is a picture of my haul from the day. Follow them on facebook to be kept up to date with their future events…(just click the picture)
- Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: December 2012 (hsjhpantherpress.wordpress.com)
- Winter Holidays from Many Cultures (ceclab.wordpress.com)