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December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023
Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of life, family, community, and culture that lasts for seven days from December 26 to January 1. Dr. Maulana Karenga, now chairman of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach, introduced the holiday in 1966 not only to bring African Americans together and reconnect with their heritage, but as a counter to the commercialization of Christmas in the United States. Each night of Kwanzaa, a candle is lit on a traditional candleholder, the kinara, to honor each of Kwanzaa’s seven principles. The principles are: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). The candles symbolize the sun’s light and power. For those who observe, we wish you a Happy Kwanzaa.