Kwanzaa is a holiday celebration of African culture, values and history observed by many African-Americans in the United States, December 26 – January 1, each year. The official Kwanzaa website states:
“As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.”
Founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulena Karenga, 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the holiday. There are seven principles of Kwanzaa:
Day 1. Umoja means unity.
Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
Day 3. Ujima means working together.
Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
Day 5. Nia means purpose.
Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
Day 7. Imani means faith, especially faith in ourselves.
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Learn more about Kwanzaa at the official Kwanzaa website.