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What is Kwanzaa or Kwanza?

Kwanzaa is an American adoption of the African Holidays of the Feast of the "first fruits" or harvests. In parts of Africa it is known as Kwanza. Dr. Ron Karenga developed Kwanzaa from the earlier Kwanza concept and added another a to give the American holiday its uniqueness.

How many people celebrate Kwanzaa or Kwanza worldwide?

It is estimated that Kwanzaa the American derivative of Kwanza is celebrated by over 10 million Black people throughout the African Diaspora.

Is Kwanzaa or Kwanza a Black form or replacement for Christmas?

Kwanzaa or Kwanza wasn't started by Dr. Ron Karenga, to replace the Christmas holiday, which should be a religious holiday with deep spiritual significance.

Kwanzaa and Kwanza are instead cultural holidays to bring unity and reflection for people of African Descent. Kwanzaa can actually be an enhancement for those of use who practice Christianity.

For example we could leave Christmas as a day to focus on the liberating gospel of Jesus Christ, and Kwanzaa (sometimes called Kwanza) to focus on our cultural heritage and give gifts. This practice would actually save Christmas from today's commercialism.

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Kwanzaa and the Original
African Holiday Concept Kwanza

Kwanzaa, the African American Holiday was Founded by Black intellectual and activist Ron Karenga. Kwanzaa, was first celebrated on December 26, 1966. Kwanzaa is traditionally celebrated from December 26 through January 1, with each day focused on Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles. Derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits", Kwanzaa is rooted in the first harvest celebrations practiced in various cultures in Africa. In some parts of Africa original harvest festivals were called Kwanza. Dr. Karenga added an extra "a" to the Holiday to distinguish the African American Holiday from the African Festivals.

Kwanzaa seeks to enforce a connectedness to African cultural identity, provide a focal point for the gathering of African peoples, and to reflect upon the Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles, that have sustained Africans. Africans and African-Americans of all religious faiths and backgrounds practice Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa was born out of the whirlwind of social and political changes of the sixties decade. The sixties represent one of many eras during which the African and African-American struggle for freedom and self-identity reached its historical peak, spawning multiple revolutionary movements.

By creating Kwanzaa, African-Americans sought to rectify the cultural and economic exploitation perpetrated against us during the months of October, November, and December (the Christmas season). During this season, corporate America typically ignored the quality of life concerns of African-Americans, yet encouraged participation in the commercialism of Christmas. Additionally, African-Americans did not observe a holiday that was specific to our needs. A review of the major holidays celebrated in the United States would reveal that not one related specifically to the growth and development of African-Americans.

The development of Kwanzaa assumed a reassessment, reclaiming, recommitment, remembrance, retrieval, resumption, resurrection, and rejuvenation of the "Way of Life" principles recognized by African-Americans. These principles have strengthened African-Americans during our worldwide sojourn. Today, Kwanzaa is recognized by millions throughout America and the world. It is celebrated often in community settings provided by homes, churches, mosques, temples, community centers, schools, and places of work. Kwanzaa allows us to celebrate the season without shame or fear of embracing our history, our culture, and ourselves.

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