Kwanzaa Celebrations

The Kwanzaa Holiday

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 »

Kwanzaa Celebrations

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.

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Kwanzaa Food and Recipes

Food plays a central role in the Kwanzaa celebration, particularly at the Karamu feast ... read more »

Kwanzaa Decorations

Bring Kwanzaa symbols into your home while honoring the sixth principle of Kwanzaa: ... read more »

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