Kwanzaa, a seven day celebration, was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. He was a professor from California State University.  As a result of the Watts riots, Dr. Karenga wanted to bring African-Americans together as a community. Through his research, he came up with a mixture of different harvest celebrations.  Therefore, by combining the harvest aspects of tribes like the Ashanti and Zulu, he formed the basis of Kwanzaa.  The celebration is from December 26th through January 1st.

Families celebrate Kwanzaa in their own unique ways.  Celebrations can include song and dance, storytelling, poetry and certainly a large meal.  Also, there are seven principles, one for each day.  They are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).  Lastly, each day is complete by lighting one candle and discussing the appropriate principle.

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