Kwanzaa was started in 1966 during the Civil Rights/Black Power Movement in Los Angeles as an African American, Pan-African holiday. It was an opportunity for Black people to celebrate ourselves and our history. The traditions of the holiday reflect its African-inspired roots and promotes African culture and language (Swahili). During the 7 days of the holiday we reflect on our use of the 7 principles (Nguzo Saba), and make commitments to the collective achievement of a better life for our family, our community, and our people worldwide.
KWANZAA FAST FACTS
Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration, not a religious one.
Kwanzaa can be celebrated as a stand alone holiday or in addition to other holidays in the season.
Kinaras can be an heirloom passed down through generations with proper care.
Kinaras are used at weddings similar to unity sand traditions.
The first US postage stamp commemorating Kwanzaa was issued in 1997.