Kwanzaa is celebrated by people of African descent on December 26th. This is a call to unite around the world! Cultural celebrations take place until January 1 – events take place for 7 days.
Kwanzaa week is a good occasion to meet with family, remember the ancestors and thank them for life. The number seven was not chosen by chance – each day marks the principle of the holiday: self-determination, unity, creativity, responsibility, teamwork, development of society, honoring traditions and ancestors. At solemn ceremonies, the same number of candles must be used.
The date appeared in 1966. It was founded by the American writer and professor of African studies Maulana Karenga. It was one of the difficult periods when blacks fought for equality of rights, so the holiday arose very opportunely and helped many to survive adversity, to learn more about the family. The name comes from Swahili, a language that fills East Africa.
- 15% of the US population is noted;
- is a model of American creativity;
- translated as “first fruits”;
- changed and modified over time, and its principles were suitable for any sane person, so today it can be celebrated not only by the African population.
How to celebrate
During this period, houses are decorated with fruit baskets, flags, themed figurines, art objects. First, the communities gather for prayer, then go home and continue the celebration. Hostesses prepare delicious dishes, prepare gifts for guests. Local festivals are often held – tourists are also happy to take part in them! This is a great opportunity to get closer to the culture.
When is Kwanzaa celebrated in 2022?
Kwanzaa is observed on December 26 each year.