What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is a yearly African-American holiday celebrated
mainly in the United States between December 26th and January 1st. Started in 1966, the holiday was created to help African Americans celebrate
The Swahili word Kwanzaa means "first fruits". There are 7 principles of Kwanzaa.
A candle is lit each day on a
special candlestick, called a "kimara", to represent the principles. The kimara is placed on a straw mat along with one ear of corn for each child
in the family.
Gifts, known as "zawadi", are given out on the last day of Kwanzaa.