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Kwanzaa Celebration Begins Dec. 26

KNWA/FOX24 -- Thursday, December 26 marks the first day of Kwanzaa.
KNWA/FOX24 -- Thursday, December 26 marks the first day of Kwanzaa. The week-long, non-religious holiday was started in 1966 as a way to celebrate African-American cultures and traditions. The holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. According to the Official Kwanzaa Website, the name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, a Pan-African language, which is the most widely spoken African language.

For seven days, Kwanzaa promotes the focus on seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith, though it's not a religious holiday. According to the official website, these values are called the Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr. Karenga, the website states that Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa runs through January 1.

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