an African-American cultural festival observed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1
also sp. Kwanza
Origin of Kwanzaacoined by M. Ron Karenga (1966) ; from Swahili matunda ya kwanza, first fruits (of harvest)
An African-American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
Origin of KwanzaaSwahili (matunda ya) kwanza, first (fruits), from kwanza, first (respelled in English as kwanzaa, to have seven letters corresponding to the seven traditional African virtuous principles celebrated by the holiday).