Today is the first day of the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa, the holiday celebrating African-American heritage, family, community, and culture.
Kwanzaa is celebrated over seven days with each day representing a principle to celebrate and live by. Today is the day of Umoja, the day of unity in family and community. Different colored candles are lit as each day of Kwanzaa passes: black, representing the people, red, representing the people’s struggle, and green, representing hope for the future.
Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga and has since become a popular holiday and family tradition. Do you celebrate Kwanzaa? Take the poll and and let us know how you commemorate this cultural celebration in the comments below.