Kwanzaa Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary Today

Over the weekend, lots of people enjoyed Christmas, Hanukkah or other seasonal celebrations. Today, another holiday takes the lead, Kwanzaa.

The holiday was established by Maulana Karenga in 1966, it pays tribute African heritage and honours family, community and culture. Its name is formed using the phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which in Swahili means “first fruits.”

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Kwanzaa was created to reaffirm and restore our rootedness in African culture,” the holiday’s founder said.

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On Kwanzaa people greet each other in Swahili and English. “Habari gani?” is a traditional Swahili greeting, but the response always depends on which day of Kwanzaa it is and the principle of the day. Though you are always welcome to say “Heri za Kwanzaa,” or just, “Happy Kwanzaa!”

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On behalf of BlackMattersUS team, we wish you Happy Kwanzaa. Stay unique, stay united!

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