Celebration of Kwanzaa

POSTED BY: News Department
Saturday, December 29, 2001 - 03:49 PM
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For the African-American community, the time between the day after Christmas and New Year's Day, is the time to celebrate Kwanzaa. Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is a non-religious holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Karenga combined aspects of several African harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa. On each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, the family gathers and one of the candles are lit on the kinara, then one of the seven principles are discussed. The seven principles are values of the African-American culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. An African feast, called a Karamu, is held on December 31st.

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