Kwanzaa Celebration Begins

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

With this year's Christmas holiday in the books, millions of African-Americans are preparing to celebrate community, culture and family.

Kwanzaa, which is Swahili for "First Harvest," is a week-long holiday created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a way for African-Americans and Pan-Africans to celebrate their roots through cultural tradition.

Each of the seven days is made up of a different principle and people who celebrate Kwanzaa gather at different homes to celebrate every night.

"The first night which is going to be the 26th is Umoja, that means unity. The second which is the 27th, Kujichagulia, self-determination. Ujima ... collective work and responsibility, Ujamaa, which is corporation and economics. Nea which is purpose," said Abbie Yero, a longtime Kwanzaa celebrator.

On the final night a big harvest is held and gifts are exchanged.

Kwanzaa begins tonight and continues for a week. For more information on Kwanzaa visit this website: www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org.


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