History Of Kwanzaa  

Kwanzaa is a unique festival in many ways. The 1960s was a period of turbulence and turmoil in the African American history. The blacks were constantly ignored and their contribution to the American society neglected. Terrible Watt’s communal riots in the 1960s led to complete segregation and division in the African American community.More...

 

How Do People Celebrate Kwanzaa ?

How Do People Celebrate Kwanzaa ?

Kwanzaa is a non-religious festival celebrated by African Americans. Dr. Malaune Karenga established this festival in 1966 to unite the blacks and inspire them to work together. It does not symbolize or signify any one particular religion. In fact, it is a universal celebration where people highlight the importance of living in a peaceful and productive manner to benefit the society. It is celebrated for 7 days, from December 26 to January 1.More...

 

 

Kwanzaa Facts

Kwanzaa Facts

African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa, a harvest festival. Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 wanted to unite the African Americans after the turbulent Watts riots. He came up with an idea to unite the black community.

Today, Kwanzaa is given a national holiday status in America. It is probably one of the very few festivals celebrated by people belonging to any religion. It does not promote any religious principles but propogates moral principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose and faith.More...

 

 

Kwanzaa Food

Kwanzaa Food

Kwanzaa is celebrated in the African American community as the harvest or fruit festival. Established by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, it was a means to unite African Americans who were separated during the Watts riot. Drumbeats and music are often accompanied with some great food.

Different families have their own unique style of celebrating Kwanzaa. The foods prepared are African in origin. Numerous dishes are made using African ingredients or American ingredients that were brought in by the Africans when they moved over to America.More...

 

 

What Does Kwanzaa Mean ?

What Does Kwanzaa Mean ?

The word Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili term “matunda ya kwanza” which roughly translates as “first fruits”. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the famous harvest celebrations. Dr. Maulana Karenga established the Kwanzaa festival in 1966. He was the Chairman and Professor of Black Studies at California State University.More...

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