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December 26 ~ January 1


Kwanzaa

Founded in 1966 by Dr. Mauland Karenga, Kwanzaa is based on the first harvest celebrations of various African cultures. Its name is derived from the Kiswahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," or "the first fruit of the harvest."


In addition to reaffirming rootedness in African culture and celebrating the bonds between Black people, Dr. Karenga wished to introduce and reinforce the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles.


The Seven Principles...

Umoja...Unity
Kugichagulia...Self-Determination
Ujima...Collective Work and Responsibility
Ujamaa...Cooperative Economics
Nia...Purpose
Kuumba...creativity
Imani...Faith


Each day of the holiday celebrates one principle, and on each day a candle is lit until, all seven candles burn britely




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