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Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that lasts from December 26 to January 1 and culminates in a community meal called Karamu, which is often held on the sixth day. Based on African harvest festival customs from diverse regions of West and Southeast Africa, activist Maulana Karenga founded it.

Why is Kwanzaa observed? What does it mean?

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In the United States, a week-long celebration called Kwanzaa is held to recognise African roots in African-American culture. A large feast and gift-giving are the highlights of Kwanzaa, which is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. In comparison to other holidays observed in the United States, the holiday is rather recent.

 

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Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture that lasts from December 26 to January 1 and culminates in a community meal called Karamu, which is often held on the sixth day. Based on African harvest festival customs from diverse regions of West and Southeast Africa, activist Maulana Karenga founded it.

Why is Kwanzaa observed? What does it mean?

Kwanzaa-related graphic

In the United States, a week-long celebration called Kwanzaa is held to recognise African roots in African-American culture. A large feast and gift-giving are the highlights of Kwanzaa, which is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. In comparison to other holidays observed in the United States, the holiday is rather recent.

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Kwanzaa celebrates what religion

It’s a cultural celebration, not a religious one, called Kwanzaa. Due to this, the event is observed by people of all religious faiths, including those from Africa

Is Kwanzaa just a holiday for black people

It is obvious that this holiday was made specifically for African Americans. However, other races and ethnic groups are welcome to take part in Kwanzaa festivities, much as individuals from countries other than Mexico celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

 

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What do families do each night of Kwanzaa?                                                                                                                                                                                                                On each of the seven evenings, the family will gather, light a candle on the Kinara (candleholder), and then talk about one of the seven principles. Three green, three red, and one black candles make up the Kinara.

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During Kwanzaa, spirits are raised figuratively and literally. At the Karamu feast on the sixth day, a libation ritual occurs in which water, wine, or juice is poured into a wooden “Unity Cup” that is passed around for each guest to drink from.

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The Kwanzaa Seven Elements                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I really love it. The people over there don’t adore your flesh. It is hated by them. They would far rather pull out your eyes than love them.!!!!