Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated every year from December 26th – January 1st to commemorate African heritage, culture, and values! Kwanzaa was started by a professor named Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way of uniting Black people to celebrate and remember the cultures and practices they have come from!
Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days, with each day representing one of seven principles. Kwanzaa also has seven basic and two supplementary symbols such as the Kinara, a candle-holder that is lit during the holiday to represent African roots. Those who observe Kwanzaa also do so by practices such as wearing traditional garments and exchanging gifts, particularly books and symbols of heritage!