Seven Days of Kwanzaa

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  • When: 12/29/2022
  • QIC: Feud
  • The PAX: Sasquatch, Friendly Fire, Crypto (R2), Mello (R), Crush

6 HIM of Fleming Island posting in the gloom at Asgard on this 5th day of Christmas 2022.  YHC on the Q and was inspired by a couple of other HIM of F3 River City.  December is the month for plenty of holiday themed beatdowns.  This one was no different. 

COP

  • SSH x20 IC
  • Imperial Walkers x12 IC
  • Reach throughs x10 IC
  • LBAC forward/backwards x15 IC
  • Chinooks x15 IC
  • Moroccan night club x15 IC
  • Squats x10 IC

The Thang

Heri za Kwanzaa or “Happy Kwanzaa”.  There have been Advent and Christmas beatdowns all December.  Inspired by Roddy who at his Hanukkah beatdown about being open and learning about other cultures, and Extinguisher who did a Kwanzaa themed beatdown across the river, I decided to learn more about this African-American holiday myself.

Kwanza was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way of unifying and empowering the African American and Pan African community in the aftermath of the Watts Riots.  Although celebrated  around what is traditionally known as Christmas time and Hanukkah, Kwanza is not a religious holiday.  It is a secular, cultural holiday.  There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, represented by the 7 days and 7 candles of Kwanzaa.  Could there be any better way to celebrate these seven principles than through the seven of diamonds? (note: the symbols of Kwanzaa do not necessarily correlate with the day they are listed under)

Day 1: Unity

  • Kwanzaa symbol: Mazao (the crop)- symbolic of African harvest celebrations and of reqards of productive and collective labor
  • Travel to cones: Arm-in-arm lunges
  • Exercise at cones: Burpees x7

Day 2: Self-Determination

  • Symbol: Mkeka (the Mat)- symbolic of tradition and history
  • Travel: Farmer’s carry
  • Exercise: Thrusters x14

Day 3: Collective Work/Responsibility

  • Symbol: Kinara (candle holder)- symbol of the people’s African roots
  • Travel: Cindy pass
  • Exercise: Merkins x21

Day 4: Cooperative Economics

  • Symbol: Muhindi (the Corn)- symbolic of children and the future they embody
  • Travel: Power skip
  • Exercise: Monkey humpers x28

Day 5: Purpose

  • Symbol: Kikombe cha Umoja (the Unity cup)- symbolic of the foundational principle and practice of unity which makes all else possible
  • Travel: Rifle carry
  • Exercise: Bent over rows x35

Day 6: Creativity

  • Symbol: Mishumaa Saba (the Seven candles)- represents the Seven principles or Nguzo Saba
  • Travel: Karaoke
  • Exercise: Flutter kicks x42

Day 7: Faith

  • Symbol: Zawadi (the Gifts)- symbolic of the labor and love of parents and commitments made and kept by the children
  • Travel: Broad jump
  • Exercise: SSH x49

Bonus fact: The colors of Kwanza are black (for the people) red (for the struggles/blood shed of the people), and green (for the fruits of the people’s labor). 

COT

Outside of a holiday that African Americans celebrated and having candles like Hanukkah, YHC knew nothing else about Kwanzaa.  By no means does he feels he is an expert but preparing for this beatdown helped him gain some appreciation for this cultural celebration.  Learning about others, their culture, their backgrounds, etc. is a good thing.  We don’t necessarily have to agree on things, but understanding where they are coming from can go a long way in respecting other’s points of view.

Thank you, brothers, for allowing me to lead you today.

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