When buying stamps for my holiday cards there are always three types to choose from: Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Growing up we learned about Christmas and Hanukkah, but Kwanzaa was never even mentioned. When did this holiday come on the scene to give us a trio of winter holidays to choose from? Well today was my day to find out.
So as I was cutting my Christmas cards down to size, I decided to watch a few YouTube videos on the subject, and was surprised to find out that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by Maulana Karenga. Kwanzaa is young! It’s the same age as me! Here are some basic facts about Kwanza:
- It is a cultural holiday, not a religious one.
- It was created to give African Americans a holiday based in African culture.
- It based on Swahili language and celebration of the harvest.
- It is celebrated for 7 days, from December 26th through January 1st.
- Each day celebrates one of the 7 principles: unity, self-determination, work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Here is one of the videos I watched, which will cover the basics for you. Happy Kwanzaa!