December. 29. KWANZAA comes from a Swahili word meaning first fruits. It is a current African-American celebration aiming to link African tradition with western Christianity. It is a 7 day long celebration from December 27 to Jan 3. Seven candles for each of 7 principles of life are used. They include unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics (sharing), purpose, creativity and faith. These are helpful principles for anyone to share.

Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things. Philippians 4:8. Pope Francis: The word culture has to do with desire, interests and ultimately the way a people live their lives. To speak of a culture encounter means that we, as a people, should be passionate meeting others, seeking points of contact, building bridges, planning a project that includes everyone. FT216. Reflect and share. How much can we learn from the traditions and religions in other parts of Africa? Share any experiences you have had.