by Anthony R. Green
The end of 2018 is approaching, and towards the end of every year, many feel a feeling of "wrap it up!" or "we are approaching a new beginning" as the first of January of a new year approaches. For some, the end of the year and the changing of the new year means forgetting and forgiving what needs to be forgotten and forgiven, in an attempt to start over mentally, emotionally, and sometimes physically (especially with fitness and dietary promises). For others, the new year is merely symbolic, but does not necessarily interrupt, stop, pause, or signify a new beginning, but a continuation, a growth, a momentum. Perhaps it can mean all of these things.
For the past couple of years, I have been celebrating Kwanzaa, not with a group of people, but as a personal end-of-year reflection, and change-of-year boost. Only 52 years old, Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration, where each day requires celebrants to reflect on a certain principle. The way that the principles unfold brings the celebrant on a deep journey, that has the potential to highlight the most significant elements of the closing year, as well as remind the celebrant what to bring into the new year. While Kwanzaa is non-denominational and can be celebrated by anyone, it is also an Afro-centric celebration, meant to increase pride in Black people across the world.
Whatever you celebrate towards the end of the year, may your celebrations be safe, full of joy, love, peace, and contentment, and best wishes for the new year!!!
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