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What does Kwanzaa celebrate?

Kwanzaa is a celebration of African-American culture and heritage.

When is Kwanzaa celebrated?

It lasts seven days from December 26th to January 1st.

Who celebrates this day?

The holiday is mostly celebrated by African-Americans in the United States.

What do people do to celebrate?

Kwanzaa is celebrated by ceremonies throughout the week. Many people celebrate by decorating their home in African art as well as the traditional Kwanzaa colors of green, black, and red. They may also wear traditional African clothing. Women may wear a colorful wrap called a kaftan. Men may wear a colorful shirt called a dashiki and a hat called a kufi.

On the last day of Kwanzaa, families often gather for a large feast called karamu. Sometimes karamu is celebrated at a local church or community center. Here they enjoy traditional African dishes.

History of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Korenga in 1966. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase that means "first fruits of the harvest". Initially the holiday was meant as an alternative to Christmas, but later it was said to be in addition to other religious holidays such as Christmas.

There are seven symbols that people gather for the ceremonies. They include: Seven Principals of Kwanzaa

There are seven main principals, one for each day of the celebration:
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