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First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

Today is the first day of traditional First Fruits. First Fruits last until December 26, when we at the Institute celebrate Dr. Karenga's version of Kwanzaa. This is the schedule as of December 1 of our 32 day programs and activities. Please bring your families to as many of these events as possible.
Dec. 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM 6pm at 219 Hamilton Street--donation collected and a brief introduction on the importance of Kwanzaa and First Fruits
Dec. 2-5, 7-12, 14, 16-19, 21-25: 6 pm at 219 Hamilton Street, where we honor our ancestors with a libation, say prayers and the young people blow candles
Dec. 6, 13, 20: Family Hour from 4- 6 pm, followed by libation and prayer
Dec. 15: AFRICAN MOTHERS DAY-- all women and girls receive flowers to represent their cultural and historical role as the mothers and teachers of all the children in the community, 6 pm at School #33, 500 Webster Av, Rochester NY
Dec. 26: Umoja 6 PM at 219 Hamilton Street
Dec. 27: Kujichagulia 4-6 pm at 219 Hamilton Street
Dec. 28: Ujima 6 pm at 219 Hamilton St
Dec. 29: Ujamaa--6 pm at 219 Hamilton St
Dec. 30: Nia-6 pm at 219 Hamilton St
Dec. 31: Kuumba -- 6 pm at 219 Hamilton
Jan. 1, 2010: Imani--6 pm at 150 Highland Ave (St John's Home)


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First Fruits (Dec 1-25)
December 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM (kickoff and introduction)
December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
December 3, 10, 17, 24: STUDENT DOOLOGY HOUR at 4 PM, 219 Hamilton
December 15: AFRICAN MOTHERS DAY-- 6 pm, School #33  cafeteria (500 Webster Ave, all females receive flowers from the men)

Kwanzaa (Dec 26- Jan 1) 6pm except for Sun Dec 31
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December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination) presenters: Brother Zeb Coleman and Brother Brian Griffin
December 28; Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) presenters: Sister Uwimana and Sister Brenda Snow
December 30: Nia (purpose) presenter: Brother Leo White
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