Kwanzaa Community Celebration in Western Mass

Berkshire Community Kwanzaa Celebration
December 30th, 2010 in Pittsfield, MA

The Women of Color Giving Circle of the Berkshires presents the 5th annual Berkshire Community Kwanzaa Celebration on Thursday, December 30th, from 6pm to 8pm at the American Legion (41 Wendell Ave.)  in downtown Pittsfield.

Kwanzaa is a festival that is celebrated annual from December 26 through January 1.  An annual celebration of family and community, the name Kwanzaa is a Swahili word for “first fruits”.

The Berkshire Community Kwanzaa Celebration on the 30th is a community celebration open to everyone.  The evening will focus on food, singing and  ceremony to highlight Nia, the fifth principle of Kwanzaa.  Swahili for purpose, Nia is celebrated on this 5th day of Kwanzaa.  According to Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Kerenga, on this day “we focus on ways to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”

Local member of the Grammy Award-winning African-American women’s a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Evelyn Harris, will be performing during the celebration.

The fifth annual Berkshire Kwanzaa Celebration is cosponsored by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development. Tickets will be sold at the door (>$). For more information, contact Nakeida Bethel-Smith at 464-7307.

3 Comments on “Kwanzaa Community Celebration in Western Mass

  1. I would like to have more information on the Kwanzaa celebration ie directions, ticket price etc. Blessings, and thanks

  2. Congratulations and best wishes for success on your Kwanzaa Celebration on December 30, 2010. HOME INC, a community organization in Alcoa, TN will celebrate Kwanzaa on Dec. 30, 2010 at the local community center at 6:00 PM. The celebration will include a play that focuses on the principle, Nia- Purpose. The characters will include elders and youth from the community. We will honor a local elder as “Mother of the Village”. A Kwanzaa committee person will explain the symbols. We will remember people from the community who have demonstrated character of Purpose. As custom with most celebrations, there will be food and gifts. This is our fifth year celebrating Kwanzaa in our community.

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