Since it was first celebrated in 1966, the prevalence and popularity of Kwanzaa has increased at a rapid rate, making it one of the world’s fastest growing holidays. The week-long recognition of African culture is rooted in North America and parts of the West African Diaspora, and runs from Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 each year.
Central to the holiday are the seven principles of Kwanzaa, the Nguzu Saba, which emphasize the importance of traits such as unity, cooperation, and faith within the community. Many families and communities celebrate with singing, drumming, and music, as well as readings and discussions of the holiday’s principles and, finally, a feast.
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