Kwanzaa Celebrated

By: Tyler Helms
By: Tyler Helms

Just as Christmas ends, a new holiday begins. Friday marked the first day of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday based on the traditional African agricultural celebrations.

The seven-day holiday is celebrated from December 26 until January 1.

"Kwanzaa is a celebration of the culture and diversity of the African American culture while bringing together and bringing unity to different cultures and different backgrounds," said William Edwards, who is celebrating Kwanzaa.

The Art Connection in Meridian will be hosting celebrations for Kwanzaa over the next six nights. Extended Web Coverage


  • Kwanzaa centers on seven cultural principles
    • Unity
    • Self-determination
    • Collective work and responsibility
    • Cooperative economics
    • Purpose
    • Creativity
    • Faith

  • Each day is dedicated to one of the principles, and gifts are also exchanged.

  • Kwanzaa was developed in 1966 by a California professor of Pan-African studies. It means "first fruit" in the East African language Swahili, and is based on a traditional African festival of the first-crop harvest.

  • Decorations include:
    • A seven-candle candle holder
    • Fruit
    • Ears of corn
    • A communal unity cup

  • The seven-day holiday runs from the day after Christmas to New Years Day.

Source: The Associated Press

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