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KWANZAA 101

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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.

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KWANZAA FAST FACTS

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  •  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.

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KWANZAA TERMS

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