Habari Gani begins the greeting. It is Swahili for “what’s happening.” During Kwanzaa, the seven days between December 26 and January 1, the response reflects the particular day of Kwanzaa. On December 26, the response is Umoja, which means Unity. On December 29, the response is Ujamaa, which is cooperative economics. On the last day of Kwanzaa, January 1, the response is Imani which means Faith.
We are all indebted to Mualana Ron Karenga for his development of the Kwanzaa concept in 1969, and for the millions of people who celebrate African history and heritage. As a Christian, I worship and am mindful of the birth of the Christ Child and the fact that somehow, as a greeting, Happy Holidays has swallowed Merry Christmas.