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Kwanzaa – December 26, 2023

Heri Za Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is observed from December 26 to January 1. The day is an African American and pan-African seven-day cultural holiday that celebrates family and community. During the holiday, families and their members observe with feasts, music, and dance. The is dedicated to reflection and recommitment to the seven principles.

History of Kwanzaa

American black separatist Maulana Karenga initiated Kwanzaa in 1966 during the aftermath of the Watts riots as a non-Christian, specifically African-American, holiday. He established the US Organization, a cultural organization, and commenced to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations.

7 principles of Kwanzaa

The 7 principles of Kwanzaa are –

  1. Umoja (unity),
  2. Kujichagulia (self-determination),
  3. Ujima (collective work and responsibility),
  4. Ujamaa (cooperative economics),
  5. Nia (purpose),
  6. Kuumba (creativity),
  7. Imani (faith).


  • a Kinara (candle holder for seven candlesticks)
  • Mishumaa Saba (seven candles)
  • mazao (crops)
  • Mahindi (corn), – represent the children celebrating (and corn may be part of the holiday meal).
  • a Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup) – Marks and gives shukrani (thanks) to African Ancestors
  • Zawadi (gifts).


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What is Kwanzaa?

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday.

Why is Kwanzaa celebrated?

It is celebrated culture, life, and unity, introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966.

What are the seven principles of Kwanzaa?

The 7 principles of Kwanzaa – Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).


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