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What is a Mishumaa Saba?

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Mishumaa Saba is a Kwanzaa symbol used to symbolize the Seven Principles that govern how Africans should live their lives. The term Misumaa Saba translates to "The Seven Candles." The Seven Principles that the candles represent are also called Nguzo Saba; the Kwanzaa celebration focuses on remembering and celebrating these seven ideals.

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Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith) are The Seven Principles. They are intended to provide Africans with moral and ethical standards of how they should live their lives so that their actions are beneficial to their families and communities. The goal is to encourage people to use their strengths so that they can help those around them.

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