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Kwanzaa

Another of the winter holidays celebrated in December is Kwanzaa (December 26th-January 1st). Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as a way to bring the African-American community together. Kwanzaa celebrates African-American heritage and means “first fruits” in the Swahili language.

Kwanzaa celebrates seven principles of African heritage. Each day of celebration is dedicated to one of the principles. Watch the video below to learn about the seven principles and watch the lighting of candles.

Families celebrate Kwanzaa by decorating their homes with African art, Kente cloth and fresh fruit. To see a family  celebrate Kwanzaa in their home take a look at this video:

Music and dancing are a big part of Kwanzaa celebrations. The video below highlights African dancing.

Check out these websites below for Kwanzaa crafts and activities:

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/kwanzaa_for_kids.htm

http://holidays.kaboose.com/kwanzaa/

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/kwanzaa/index.htm

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/kwanzaa-crafts.htm

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