Kwanzaa

During Kwanzaa, families get together, feast on traditional African food, and light candles. Though it hasn't been celebrated for that long, it has become an essential part of the holiday season.

  • Kwanzaa - A History of the First African American Holiday

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on December 16, 2009

    For one week each year, from December 26th through January 1st, African Americans celebrate a holiday called Kwanzaa. During this weeklong celebration, families get together to sing and dance, feast on traditional African food, and light candles on a kinara. Though, as you will...

  • Kwanzaa Decorations for Your Home

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on December 16, 2009

    When decorating your home for Kwanzaa, try to incorporate as many of the Seven Principles (nguzo saba) as you can into the proceedings. Involve your family and friends for Unity and Collective Work and Responsibility, and hand make some decorations for Creativity. Making a...

  • Creating the Perfect Kwanzaa Feast

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on December 16, 2009

    Kwanzaa is a celebration of African cultural heritage and pride in African American identity. When you look at it this way, dishes that combine traditional African and African American elements are ideal for this festival. Variations on soul food and African recipes are equally...

  • Kwanzaa Music: Sounds of the Season

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on December 16, 2009

    Selecting music to play on Kwanzaa can be a difficult decision - find out more about the traditional instruments and music played during this holiday.

  • From Kinaras to Kaftans: Symbols of Kwanzaa

    Patrick Hanan  Posted by Patrick Hanan on December 16, 2009

    Kwanzaa, just like any other holiday, has a variety of symbols that go along with it. These symbols help to define the holiday, and each has a specific purpose or significance. Following is a list of some symbols of Kwanzaa and how they came to be associated with the...

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