Essentially, it is a way for the black culture of America to come together and celebrate what they have accomplished as a whole–as such, they observe the holiday by celebrating the principles their African ancestors have believed in (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith). There are candle-lighting for each of the days from December 26-January 1, performances that deal with the culture, discussions on the principle of the day, and feasts. I’d recommend watching the documentary “The Black Candle” for more information; it really highlights the main points of the celebration, and the black rights movements in their entirety.
Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle lighting and libations, a feast and gift giving. It honors universal African heritage and culture and is observed from December 26- january 1st. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specific African American holiday. Families decorate their homes with objects of art; color African cloth such as kente, and fresh fruits that represent African idealism.
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