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Kwanzaa. An African American Heritage Celebration . Kwanzaa is a seven-day cultural festival that celebrates African American heritage. The Origin of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga of United Slaves Organization in 1966 .

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An African American Heritage Celebration

the origin of kwanzaa
The Origin of Kwanzaa
  • Kwanzaa was created by Dr. MaulanaKarenga of United Slaves Organization in 1966.
  • It was offered at that time as an African American alternative to Christmas.
  • It is celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
what does kwanzaa mean
What does Kwanzaa mean?
  • Kwanzaa is Swahili and means "first fruits."
  • Swahili is the native language of several countries in east Africa and is learned as a second language by many other people.
the seven principles of kwanzaa are
The "Seven Principles of Kwanzaa" are:
  • Unity/ єдність
  • Self-Determination/ самовизначення
  • Collective Work and Responsibility/ колективна робота і відповідальність
  • Cooperative Economics/ спільні економіки
  • Purpose/ мета
  • Creativity/ креативність
  • Faith/ віра
Kwanzaa decorations include African art, colorful cloth, kinaras, and fresh fruits.

Gifts are given mainly to children, but must always include a book and a heritage symbol.

A kinara is a candle stick holder. Seven candles are put in the holder: three red, one black, and three green.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture.

  • A Karamu feast is held on December 31. Families and friends get together to eat, listen to music, dance, pour libations and exchange gifts.