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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Kwanzaa


Did you know that Kwanzaa is a week-long African American holiday celebrated from December 26th to January 1st?


Did you know that 2009 will mark the 43rd celebration of Kwanzaa? The holiday was developed in 1966 by activist Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate African American culture.


Did you know that as many as 18 million African Americans will celebrate Kwanzaa this year?


Did you know that Kwanzaa celebrants light a candle during each day of the holiday? 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.


Did you know that each day of Kwanzaa is represented by a different life principle? In order, these principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.


Did you know that the name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning "first fruits of the harvest"? During the holiday of Kwanzaa, many people exchange greetings in Swahili.


Did you know that on the last full day of Kwanzaa celebrants enjoy a large feast? This feast, called karamu, is the high point of the holiday.


Did you know that the official colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green? These colors, represented in the candles lit each night, also are included in home decorations. Other decorations feature traditional African items, such as baskets, cloths, and harvest symbols.





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me from Indiana, US
09:06 12/21/2010
 
i knew all that(:
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tanner from Pennsylvania, US
12:49 12/20/2010
 
this was pretty cool :D
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tyrica from Illinois, US
14:48 12/14/2010
 
whats said aint got to be explain baybeeeeee no time 0:00
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Kyle from North Carolina, US
10:39 12/08/2010
 
You guys rock . Thanks for putting so much info :)
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Masata Khnemu RA from United States
14:23 10/25/2010
 
I always believed that those things that we acknowledge as cultural or God related should reflect the image of those that acknowledge them. The only thing that Christmas has done for the Afrakan in America is taught us is how to liberate ourselves from our hard earned income. The should be God element is attached to a promisary note that says "In God We Trust".
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Inga from New York, US
21:32 12/24/2009
 
Ilove learning new things everyday. I am not from African but i am a young women of color or African desent. I think kwanzza is beautiful impowering and all about unity. More people should know about this and educate themself and others. This is were it all started in African and these seven principles is how we made it through the hard times for many years. We need to get back to are roots and teach the children. When i start my family we will a big part of kwanzaa every year!
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Roy Thane from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
13:21 12/19/2009
 
I am glad to have found Kwanzaa some 15 years ago,have no regretts.I have introduce and taught my off springs and friends off springs about Kanzaa. I never belive in Christmas, always say its a lie and even if it was true it does not belong to us as a people.
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geri from New York, US
21:03 12/05/2009
 
Check it out info you can use for Mom..
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Elijudah Beni Yisrael from South Carolina, US
16:02 11/26/2009
 
This is very important, we celebrate many holidays,with no concerns about its origin, or why. Kwanzaa we know its origin and we also know why. So lets make it greater. Thanks
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Marcia from Pennsylvania, US
07:52 11/21/2009
 
Very nice article indeed. Looking forward to many more informative articles like this one.


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