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Kwanzaa 2019 - 2020

Date When Celebrated: Always on December 26th, lasts seven days through January 1st.

Kwanzaa is a African-American holiday celebrating history, culture, family and community. It was started in California in 1966. It was created by scholar-activist Dr. Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is now celebrated all over the world, but primarily in the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean.

Focusing on values, culture and history, Kwanzaa encourages people to learn more about their roots and to focus upon their values.

There are seven symbols or values:

Mazao The Crops Harvest celebrations and rewards of labor
Mkeka The Mat Symbolic of African American History
Kinara The Candle Holder Represents African American roots
Muhindi The Corn A symbol of children
Mishumaa Saba The seven Candles Represents the seven principles and the seven days of the holiday
Kikombe cha Umoja The Unity Cup Symbolizing unity
Zawai The Gifts Love of parents for children and children for parents
Additional symbols:
Bendera The Flag Symbolizes the hope for the future
Nguzo Saba Poster Symbolizes the hope for the future Poster of the Seven principles

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