An African-American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
An African American cultural festival observed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1
Origin of kwanzaa
Swahili (matunda ya) kwanzafirst (fruits)fromkwanzafirst (respelled in English askwanzaa to have seven letters corresponding to the seven traditional African virtuous principles celebrated by the holiday)
Kwanzaa takes its roots from the first fruits celebrations that took place in ancient Africa, particularly celebrations such as Umkhost, which occurred in southern Africa and lasted for seven days.
More than 18 million people around the world observe Kwanzaa, and enjoy this time of focusing on traditional values.
Kwanzaa can be considered similar to Thanksgiving celebrations held in the United States and Canada.
Winter season themes can include Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's and Valentine's Day.
The candles represent the seven governing principles of Kwanzaa.