How Do People Celebrate Kwanzaa

How do people celebrate Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday that's gaining in popularity. Kwanzaa lasts from December 26 to January 1 each year. It is an African-American holiday celebrating cultural heritage, values, family and other empowering themes. To celebrate Kwanzaa, you need some Kwanzaa supplies, which are easy to find. Kwanzaa lasts for seven nights, each night dedicated to one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. 

Setting Up
A placemat of straw or fabric should be set on the table. You need a seven-branched candle holder, known as a Kinara, with one black candle in the center, three red candles on the left and three green candles on the right. You also need a Unity cup filled with wine, juice or water.

Place fruits and vegetables on a plate, as well as one ear of corn for each child in the household child. If you don't have any children, two ears of corn are set on the mat. You may also put any gifts you wish to exchange on the mat.

Gifts are generally given only to children. They should be educational and creative gifts that encourage intellectual growth. Traditional gifts for children are a book and an African symbol. Gifts for adults should be things you make yourself, not bought in stores.

Celebrating Kwanzaa
The first night, light the black center candle. Recite the first Kwanzaa Principle: Unity, and discuss its meaning. Sing songs, share food from the mazao (fruits and vegetables), and have family time. Make it fun!

On each subsequent night, light an additional candle, alternating sides from the outside in until all candles are lit on the last night. As each candle is lit, discuss another of the Kwanzaa Principles, which are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

The last night, December 31, have a festive dinner feast. It's called the Kwanzaa Feast, or Karamu. Start with a song, reading or dance and set up the feast as a celebratory dinner. Let everyone serve themselves. After the dinner, conclude with a message of unity.

On January 1, parents present the gifts, called Zawadi, to the children. Kwanzaa is fun to celebrate as a family, but be sure to invite friends to your celebrations as well.

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Kwanzaa food includes traditional East African dishes, plenty of harvest fruits and vegetables and influences from Southern cuisine that all come together in a celebration of the senses. Here are a few of the more popular Kwanzaa dishes to serve at your next feast.

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