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Nia, the Fifth Day of Kwanzaa Means 'Purpose'

Nia recognizes purpose, the focus on building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
Nia, purpose
Photo: Anna Bradley-Smith for BK Reader

The fifth day of Kwanzaa, celebrated on Monday, December 30, recognizes Nia or "purpose," which focuses on building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

On this day, each family member should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use In the service of the family and community at large. Take time to reflect on your expectations from life: discuss your desires and hopes with family and friends. On this day you should try to determine if this purpose will eventually result in positive achievements for family and community.

The Nia principle asks each person to be services or mission-driven on the behalf of their family, school, and community. The core concept and practice of the value purpose is service. Service to others, family school, community and the nation is what defines who we are and our possibilities for developing communities that provide the context for families and children to thrive and flourish. Each member of the family, school, or community is asked to examine his/her skills or talents and determine how he/she will put forth those skills or talents in the service of the family, school, or community.

Nia: "To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness."

Take a look at this story on BK Reader about young students who are learning to role play with purpose, a great example of Nia.

Today, let's all find ways to make choices with purpose!