WHY IS KWANZAA CELEBRATED?

The 7 principles of Kwanzaa define the seven-day holiday which is celebrated annually across North America, the Caribbean and other parts of African diasporas. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by university professor and activist, Dr Maulana Karenga. It honours African-American cultures and histories by blending continental and diasporan African cultural values. The holiday is inspired by African harvest festivals and takes its name from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means first fruit. “My family has celebrated Kwanzaa for years. My first memory was in grade school. We wore kente cloth and recited the seven principles of the holiday” says interior designer Joy Williams of Joyful Designs Studio.

Read on to learn more about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa.

Credit: Interior Designer Joy Williams

ORIGINS OF THE 7 PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA

CANDLES AND PAN-AFRICAN COLORS

TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS: NGUZO SABA

CONCLUSION

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th - January 1st across North America, the Caribbean and diasporas. The traditions of the holiday are rich and revolve around culture, family and community. Do you celebrate Kwanzaa? What are a few traditions that you partake in? Write to us at info@54kibo.com to share.

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