Kwanzaa

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"It was started in 1966 by Doctor Karenga. It is a non-religious holiday which means anybody and everybody can partake in it," says Abbie Yero who celebrates Kwanzaa.

The holiday of Kwanzaa received its name from the Swahili and means first harvest.

Kwanzaa runs for seven straight nights and each night represents a different principle of the African community.

The first night which is going to be on 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.

Every night, those who celebrate Kwanzaa gather at different homes.

Yero notes on the last day which is Imani, which is faith, everybody gets together and has a big harvest or a big feast. Then they exchange gifts with each other.

Yero, who has been celebrating the holiday since she was a little girl, believes that Kwanzaa helps African-Americans stay in touch with their culture.

Kwanzaa also strives to give thanks for the past year and help the family grow closer, which is something Yero can attest to.


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