This is part of a series to help managers and human resources professionals to understand the various religions in the workplace. Based on the Religion Culture Bridge and used with permission from Max Impact,
Begun in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga, is an interfaith celebration beginning on December 26 and continuing through January 1. Each day focused on one of seven principles.
Kwanzaa gets its name from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits", It is rooted in the first harvest celebrations practiced in African cultures. Its purpose is to:
- Strengthen a connection to African cultural identity
- Provide a focal point for the gathering of African peoples
- Reflect upon the Nguzo Saba (7 principles) that have sustained Africans.
The social and political climate of the 1960s revealed the need for African-Americans to connect to their ancestry as they struggled with self-identity.
Predominant religions of the world
- Christian 33.03% of the world’s population
- Islam (Muslim) 20.12%
- Hinduism 13.34%
- Buddhism 5.89%
- Atheism 2.36%
- Sikhism 0.39%
- Judaism 0.23%
- Baha’i n/a
This is an excerpt from the Religion Culture Bridge which is part of the Culture Bridges available from Max Impact, a Rochester Hills, Mich., based leadership development and business strategy website offering a host of complimentary information. © Max Impact, used by permission.
Additional workplace culture resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Leading workplace culture books
- Performance Culture provides a simplified approach to create a company culture that has proven to work
- The Great Workplace shows how to build and keep a great workplace and the benefits of doing so.
- Change the Culture, Change the Game offers a breakthrough strategy for energizing an organization and creating accountability for top results.