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When is "Kwanzaa"?
It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year.

Who celebrates this holiday?
Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and by African Americans and people of African descent around the world.

What does the name "Kwanzaa" mean?
The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza", meaning "first fruits".  The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s.
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How is this holiday celebrated?
Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving.

Families celebrating Kwanzaa decorate their households with objects of art, colorful African cloth, especially the wearing of the Uwole by women, and fresh fruits that represent African idealism. It is customary to include children in Kwanzaa ceremonies and to give respect and gratitude to ancestors. Libations are shared, generally with a common chalice, "Kikombe cha Umoja" passed around to all celebrants.

A Kwanzaa ceremony may include drumming and musical selections, libations, a reading of the "African Pledge" and the Principles of Blackness, reflection on the Pan-African colors, a discussion of the African principle of the day or a chapter in African history, a candle-lighting ritual, artistic performance, and, finally, a feast (Karamu). The greeting for each day of Kwanzaa is "Habari Gani",which is Swahili for "What's the News?".

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What type of holiday is this?
This holiday falls in the category of:
National Holiday  December observances  Secular holidays
Winter holidays
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What is the Origin of this holiday?
It was created by Maulana Karenga and first celebrated from December 26, 1966, to January 1, 1967.

An African-American scholar and social activist, Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the only original African-American holiday. Karenga said his goal was to "...give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society."

Kwanzaa is a festivity that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of "African traditions" and "common humanist principles."

First Kwanzaa Stamp
In 1997, the first Kwanzaa stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service on October 22 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California. In 2004 a second Kwanzaa stamp, created by artist Daniel Minter was issued which has seven figures in colorful robes symbolizing the seven principles.
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The Seven Principles
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called "The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa", or Nguzo Saba (originally Nguzu Saba - "The Seven Principles of Blackness"), which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy" consisting of what Karenga called "the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world." These seven principles comprise Kawaida, a Swahili term for tradition and reason. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:


resource links:
wikipedia/Kwanzaa
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How can I Celebrate this holiday?
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Other December Holidays around the world
December (listen) is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

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