Seven candles symbolises various meanings for each day, with candle holders, and are probably the most significant celebratory symbols: The most important one is black, representing the colour of African people, and is located in the centre of the 7. 3 red candles are placed to the left of the central black candle, and represent the blood of ancestors, while the final 3 are green candles that symbolise the earth, life and hope for the future. Each candle is lit on each of the 7 days individually, one by one, starting with the central black candle, then alternating between red and green (left and right). The rituals performed around candlelight begin with Tambiko (libation), which pays homage to departed ancestors. Then the eldest person in the house pours wine, juice or distilled spirits such as rum from a ‘unity cup’ known as Kikombe Cha Umoja into an earth-filled vessel. While this pouring takes place, ‘toasts’ are made to honour the departed (both family and friends) for the values and inspirations they left behind. Everyone then shares the drink. The elder then leads the call, saying “Harambee”, meaning “Let’s pull together”. Everything repeats this phrase several times. Day 6 – Karamu, as well as the final day, Zawadi is where most of the joyous celebrations take place. Karamu involves great meals, drink, dancing and music for family and friends in communities. It is a time of joy, but also reassessment and reflection, much like New Years Day. Finally, Zawadi is the final day, when gifts are exchanged (often handmade) for children.