Today Is The First Day Of Kwanzaa

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JAMESTOWN – A weeklong holiday in celebration of African-American culture, focusing on family and community, kicked off Thursday.

Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

A candle is lit every night on a kinara, a seven-branched candelabra.

On December 31 there is a feast known as the karamu taking place before the holiday wraps up on January 1.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by a pan-African Studies Professor at California State University.


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