All About the Holidays: Kwanzaa

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(female narrator) Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture and heritage that starts on December 26. It lasts until January 1, and each of the seven days is dedicated to a different community-shaping principle, such as creativity, faith, unity, and cooperation. People talk about the principles while gathering around a table decorated with fruits, corn, and other crops. They light red, black, and green candles. Sometimes people play music. On the sixth day, there's a feast, and on the seventh day, people exchange gifts. Presents to children are supposed to include books and symbols of African heritage. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966, but it's based on ancient African harvest festivals. The creators of Kwanzaa encouraged African-Americans to think about their common culture and to use it to keep families and communities strong. And that's Kwanzaa.


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Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African-American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this holiday and trace its roots back to ancient African customs. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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