Dec. 26, 2020–Jan 1, 2021
Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits.” It is an African-American holiday based upon ancient harvest celebrations from all parts of Africa. Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 to reaffirm African heritage and reinforce a sense of community among African Americans.
Nguzo Saba—the Seven Principles—form the core of Kwanzaa. Beginning on December 26, families light a candle each evening for seven nights to celebrate these principles. After the candle-lighting ceremony ends, everyone joins in preforming songs, dances and skits, then guests and family members share a unity cup of water.
With support from the Kemetic Institute of Chicago.