Here are 10 Facts about Kwanzaa you may not know:
3. It takes place December 26th – January 1st.
4. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green. These colors predominate in the decorating of homes, along with baskets, cloths and harvest symbols.
5. There are 7 principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self-Determination, Collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Each day of Kwanzaa is represented by a different principle.
6. A candle is lit on each day of the holiday and placed on the kinara. The first candle is black, symbolizing the African American people. The next three are red, representing the struggles of the black people. Next are three green candles, which symbolize hope for the future. The candles are lit from left to right.
7. The high point of the holiday is on the last day where a feast is made. This feast is called, karamu.
8. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest.
9. The last day of Kwanzaa, or Imani, focuses on gift giving as a means to honor the creative spirit and reaffirm self worth. In following this tradition, the gifts are often homemade rather than purchased.
10. This is a beautiful celebration where ceremonies and cultural expressions predominate.