The Afrikan Spiritual and Cultural Drive for Liberty and Nationhood

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MUNGU MOJALENGO MOJA ! DIRA MOJA !

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MUSA MSIMU
Garvey Season

 

(Throughout month of August)

 

Inspired by the work of the Supreme Royal Emperor Marcus Garvey, this season encompasses the entire month of August. This is the same period of time that the UNIA would hold the massive International Convention for the Afrikan People of the World during the early part of the so-called 2oth century. MUSA MSIMU is a key period of time where celebration, learning, ritual and many other activities can take place on a consistent progressive theme during the time when many magnificent historical examples in the mission for Afrikan liberty have emerged. It is also a time when most mainstream academic institutions are closed.

 

This month long period is rich with content and observance highlights include: marking the earthday of this supreme visionary on the nearest Sun to the actual date of the 17th of the month; children's celebration, season opening and closing rituals.

 

During this season the colours of Red, Black and Green are expressed. These colours are directly from the Garvey tradition and are the colours of the Bendera ya Taifa - flag of the Afrikan nation.

 

 

 

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YEMANJA SIKU


Yemanja Day


On Sun Sept 7th (or nearest Sun)


Yemanja is the powerful royal divine female deity of the waters. She embodies characteristics of the ancient Nile Valley deities including Auset. She is revered both on the motherland, Afrika and throughout the diaspora. She is the mother of Orishas/Netcherw (deities) such as Ogun a translation of the most ancient Heru of the Nile Valley. And she is the divine mother principle of URAN. YEMANJA SIKU is a most sacred day of ritual and ceremony around this very important deity. Within URAN the day is celebrated with a wonderful journey to the shore for ritual and ceremony.


The colours associated with Yemanja are blue and white. 


YEMANJA SIKU also launches the seven day observance of MALKIA WA UHURU.






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MALKIA WA UHURU

Queen of Liberty


This observance runs for the seven days subsequent to the YEMANJA SIKU observance and is a celebration of the Royal Queens of Afrika who made outstanding contributions to attain and maintain Afrikan liberty. Queen Nzingha, Queen Yaa Asantewaa and Queen Hatsepsut are amongst those honoured during this time.


The warrior deity Oya is expressed during this period and her colour is purple. This is the colour that is key for this observance.
 

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AFRIKAN HISTORIA MSIMU


Afrikan History Season


(Throughout month of October)


Based upon the efforts of Mwalimu Carter G. Woodson in the early so-called  20th century in carving out a period of time for concentrated focus for Afrikan people of their history. This period is dedicated to reinforcement of the central importance of Afrikan History, learning from it and utilising it. Afrikan history is brought to life with the principle of Sankofa - a history continuum of past, present and future. This is also a time for honouring those Great Ancestors that have made a distinct contribution to Afrikan history with a veneration of those that have recently made the transition.


The baobab tree of Afrika is linked to the sacred past, indeed the sacred history of Afrikan people and is also associated with creation itself.


The colours of green and brown reflecting the naturality of the baobab with its profound connection to the source are key during this time.



"Of all our studies history is best qualified to reward our research"


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KWANZAA


(26th Dec - 1st Jan)


KWANZAA is a seven day  holiday that begins on the 26th of December and runs through til the 1st of January. Through a process of Creative Restoration, Afrikan people in the diaspora have brought to the fore the Ancient traditions of Afrika that still pervade Afrikan life and synthethised them in a way that is completely accessible to Afrikans the world over in today's times. With its roots in the harvesting festivals of Afrika, KWANZAA is a celebration of our achievements of the year past and recommitment to progress in the coming year.  WIth emphasis on a powerful set of fundamental life values and a dynamic symbol set - this holiday is rich in all that it means to be Afrikan.


The colours of liberty - red, black and green are expressed during this time.




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OMOWALE MALCOLM X KUKUMBUKO

Omowale Malcolm X Remembrance


On Sun 21st Feb (or nearest Sun)


Omowale Malcolm X is one of greatest heroes that Afrikan people have produced and was poised to galvanise Afrikan people around the world in a powerful way that would have made Marcus Garvey and his UNIA proud. His life was brutally cut short by way of assassination. However, the spirit of this powerful example of Afrikan manhood lives on. It is through this observance that deep and meaningful reflections on the life and legacy of Omowale Malcolm X take place. 


Omowale Malcolm X carries the just, righteous and forthright spirit of the deities Heru from the Ancient Nile valley and Ogun from west Afrika. Thus during this period the colours of Ogun - red and black - are key.

KIMUNGU MADHABAHUNI

Divine Shrine

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The KIMUNGU MADHABAHUNI (Divine Shrine) is a most wonderful feature of any Afrikan home and during the popular holiday that falls on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox more commonly referred to as Easter) Afrikan people are encouraged to visit a KIMUNGU MADHABAHUNI of the community or nation. Utimately, pilgrimage to a place that is a reflection of the Afrikan divinity  is a celebration of the Afrikan sacredness of self and gives power to the focus of mission and purpose for liberty. There are a multitude of key places throughout the Afrikan world that are aptly positioned for this spiritual focus with all of the empowering benefits that this will bring. Therefore, whether you remain in your local area or whether you happen to be travelling abroad take the time during this period to visit and bless a monumental reflection of the mighty Afrikan self.


Afrikans since the most ancient of times have understood the importance of royalty and divinity and the spiritual powers that protect them both. The deities of Ptah of the Nile valley and Shango of west Afrika express these qualities. 


The colour of divine royalty and the colour for Shango is purple. This is the key colour during this time.

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OMOWALE MALCOLM X SIKU


Omowale Malcolm X Day


On Sun 19th May (or nearest Sun)


The Exceptional Heru Omowale Malcolm X is the inheriter of the spirit of mission that was held by the magnificent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Omowale's earthday then, becomes an important day of celebration to punctuate the bringing about what he emphatically called for: 'a cultural revolution'.


During this period the colours of red and black a representation of the spirit of Ogun in  Omowale Malcolm X are also expressed here.


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AFRIKA UKOMBOZI SIKU

Afrika Liberation Day


May 25th


A holiday established by the Organisation of Afrikan Unity based upon its forerunner Afrikan Freedom Day. AFRIKA UKOMBOZI SIKU is observed to focus Afrikan people on both the attainment and maintenance of the future goal of Afrikan Liberation. It is a holiday that is of profound signifance for rededication to the imperative mission of Afrikan Liberty.


The actual day of the 25th is observed and elevated from the arena of URAN whichever day of the week it happens to manifest. The times of URAN community celebrations also reflect that it could fall in the week with special consideration for the watoto {young ones} in our community. 


The colours of red, black and green are associated with this observance with an emphasis on the colour green as this embodies the  vision of a liberated Motherland.


This is truly a wonderful time of year. 

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UJAMAA KIBURI SIKU

Afrikan Economic Pride Day


 On Sat 1st Jun (or nearest following Sat)


This day marks the ressurection, sustainance and growth of an Afrikan economy. June 1st is the day when Little Afrika a.k.a. Black Wall Street the prolific and successful Afrikan community in Tulsa Oklahoma, US was attacked and destroyed in the early part of the so-called  20th century. 1st June 1979 is the time the first Afrikan government came to power in the Zimbabwe in the contemporary period, the home of the sacred site of Great Zimbabwe. Although initially shortlived this reflects the imperative mission for self governance of land and people. As a minimum requirement,  this day is set aside for Afrikan people to seek out Afrikan traders and service providers that are working in the interests of the Afrikan community and to do business with them. Thus encouraging community monetary circulation to extend into all year round activity.


Osun, the Afrikan deity associated with wealth and prosperity is imbibed within this time. Gold/yellow colours are reflective of Osun and are thus key during this observance.


"Be Black !

Buy Black !

Think Black !

And all else will take care of itself !"



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THE UNIVERSAL ROYAL AFRIKAN CULTURAL CALENDAR


Sacred cultural observances are powerful times of year for the Afrikan. These very special times punctuate the very fabric of culture of all year round living. The times are thus not simply about events to attend but rather times of celebration, reverence and ritual to give strength and recommitment to the Afrikan way. Through cultural practice all Afrikan life becomes meaningful and is able to progressively transform. Spirit permeates all Afrikan life and as such these observances beautifully harness the spirit of progressive transformation and the spirit of liberty.


It is through Afrikan culture that Afrikan life is secured whether educationally, politically, sociologically, ecomonically and so on. 



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For more information about the


UNIVERSAL

ROYAL

AFRIKAN

NATION


(URAN)





MUNGO MOJA !

(One Creator!)


LENGO MOJA !

(One Aim!)


DIRA MOJA !

(One Destiny!)


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