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
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Kwanzaa Food and Recipes
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Bring Kwanzaa symbols into your home while honoring the sixth principle of Kwanzaa: Kuumba, or creativity. During Kwanzaa, individuals are encouraged to minimize commercialism and foster self-sufficiency and imagination. The sites below offer suggestions and instructions for Kwanzaa decorations, crafts, cards and Kwanzaa gifts.
Insights for Kwanzaa Decorations
- Before you buy supplies, see what you have at home. A little bit of red and green paint can go a long way in creating decorations out of items you already have.
- Add the craft links you like together with the recipe links you found earlier, and make a bookmark folder called “Kwanzaa.” You’ll be able to find your favorite sites year after year, and add new ones as they come along.
Top Sites for Kwanzaa Decorations
Better Homes and Gardens offers lots of Kwanzaa decorating ideas. Learn how to make the traditional symbols of Kwanzaa with step-by-step instructions and photos. Some interesting ideas include red, green and black beaded napkin rings, and a woven Mkeka for the table.
eHow features Kwanzaa decorations and Kwanzaa crafts for kids. Look for articles on decorating a room, a table and the entrance of your home to reflect the meaning of Kwanzaa.
Kaboose lists several Kwanzaa crafts to make with kids. The items include a Kwanzaa corn pin, a Mancala game, a Kinara centerpiece and more. A list of what you’ll need, step-by-step instructions and pictures of each item are included.