Kwanzaa Principles (Day 2)

Today December 27th 2013 we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the second principle of Kwanzaa.

Kujichagulia (Koo-Gee-Cha-Goo-Lee-Yah) : Swahili for “self-determination,” is the principle celebrated on the second day of Kwanzaa. Self Determination means to define, name, create and speak for ourselves. To make decisions that are in the best interest of our family as well as our community. 

During the seven nights of Kwanzaa, it is customary to light one candle in a colorful candle holder called a Kinara. Each of the candles represents one of the key principles at the center of the holiday. On this the second day of Kwanzaa it is customary to light the black candle stating the principle, then the red one directly next to the black one.


We here at The Happy Black Girl are especially fond of the self-determination tenet as it’s the foundation of everything we believe in. It’s also important to note, that it’s the very essence of why we found it necessary to create a space where we would then celebrate, define and express who we are, on our own terms. A space where we would share this message in various ways and create a community of folks who are then inspired, motivated and just maybe, called to do the same. A movement if you will.



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