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First Fruits: Getting Ready for Kwanzaa

Let’s Get Ready for Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is a 7-day African-American & Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. Since 1966, Kwanzaa is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Derived from the phrase “matuna ya kwanza” meaning “first fruits” in Swahili, Kwanzaa incorporates 7 principles, called “Nguzo Saba”, and 7 symbols that represent values of African culture.

The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red, & green; black for us as a people, red for our struggle, and green for the future hope that comes from our struggle. Centered around traditional African harvest, Kwanzaa is a festive time for feasting and celebrating.

There are a multitude of ways to celebrate Kwanzaa which involves showing respect for ancestors and coming together through song, dance, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading and more. We encourage families to be creative and celebrate Kwanzaa in your own way with an intention of practicing the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. 

P4L will be highlighting the importance of the seven principles of Kwanzaa this week, and how you can practice and embody the principles in your families and communities. 

To get ready to celebrate, you’ll first need to identify a special place in your home to place the following 7 symbols of Kwanzaa.

Here are some ways to celebrate Kwanzaa daily: 

We can’t wait to celebrate Kwanzaa as a virtual community! Share with us your Kwanzaa set-ups, and photos from the upcoming activities!

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