The Kwanzaa Holiday: A Cultural Celebration
Unlike Christmas and Hanukkah, the Kwanzaa holiday is not a religious celebration. Kwanzaa was created as a means of identifying and affirming cultural traditions and principles within the African-American community. Celebrated for seven days, from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a gathering of friends and family where stories, customs, meals and decorations are shared in honor of a common history and shared future. Use The Kwanzaa Holiday Web Guide to learn about the founding of Kwanzaa and how you can celebrate.
Kwanzaa History and Traditions
Because Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, there are many opportunities for creating and ... read more »
This section focuses on the specific traditions associated with participating in, or hosting, a Kwanzaa celebration, including details like the Karamu feast and the Kinara, the Kwanzaa candleholder.
Insights for Kwanzaa Celebrations
- If you want to learn more about how Kwanzaa is celebrated, read "Celebrating Kwanzaa" by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith.
- The more people involved in your Kwanzaa celebration, the better—this holiday honors community.
Top Sites for Kwanzaa Celebrations
Everything About Kwanzaa provides a quick definition of the holiday, as well as descriptions of the seven principles that govern the celebrations of each day. See how Kwanzaa is celebrated by learning how to decorate the home and choose appropriate gifts. Finally, there is a comprehensive explanation of how to conduct a Kwanzaa feast or Karamu, based on the teachings of Dr. Karenga.
Celebrating Kwanzaa gives an overview of Kwanzaa with information on the cultural symbols used to celebrate the holiday, along with tips for including these symbols in your celebration. Visit the links at the bottom of the page to learn more about the symbols, colors and roots of Kwanzaa, or take a look at “Fundamental Questions About Kwanzaa.”
Kwanzaa Food and Recipes
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