My family has been celebrating Kwanzaa for a little over 15 years now: Homemade gifts. Libations to my ancestors. Candle lighting! and good ole healthy soul food. When I talk about Kwanzaa, people often ask many questions or have a lot of preconceived ideas about the celebration.
So what exactly is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is a holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 based upon the the African tradition of celebrating the harvesting of the first fruits. Kwanzaa is a time of reflecting, reassessing, recommitting and rejoicing--and giving special reverence for the creator and creation and commemorating the past.
Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days: Dec. 26 to Jan 1. The seven days are based upon the Nguzo Saba (seven principles) with each day being symbolic of one of the principles.
Seven Principles of Kwanzaa