Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture. It’s an African-American cultural holiday celebrated from December 26 through January 1 each year. It’s based on agricultural celebrations of Africa called “The First Fruit Celebrations” which were times of harvest, ingathering, reverance, commemoration, and recommitment. Kwanzaa was created in 1966, helping to build the community of African Americans and celebrate the connections to Africans and Africa throughout the world by reinforcing seven essential values.

Kwanzaa Principle #1: Umoja | Unity

Umoja is about striving for and maintaining unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Practice Umoja everyday by understanding your African heritage and how you fit in with the African Diaspora.