December 26 – January 1

Kwanzaa is an African-American harvest and community festival that was founded in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, as a way of reaffirming African-American identity, instilling knowledge and pride in African roots, and reinforcing bonds among members of the community. Kwanzaa is now celebrated by an estimated 18 million people in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, India and some African nations.

Kwanzaa is devoted to seven principles, know collectively as Nguzo Saba: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative economics) , Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith).

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Just for Kids

  • What is Kwanzaa — An online ‘scrapbook’ about Kwanzaa from Scholastic Web site
  • Kwanzaa — A collection of Kwanzaa crafts, games, songs and recipes for young children, from the Ideabox website.
  • Kwanzaa — Coloring fun, games and more from Billy Bear’s Playground
  • Kwanzaa — Kwanzaa activities and crafts for kids from the Family Education site