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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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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. 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?

  • 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:

  • Unity/ єдність

  • Self-Determination/ самовизначення

  • Collective Work and Responsibility/ колективна робота і відповідальність

  • Cooperative Economics/ спільні економіки

  • Purpose/ мета

  • Creativity/ креативність

  • Faith/ віра


These seven principles emphasize traditional African values.


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.


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