Kwanzaa honors culture community, ancestors

Unlike Christmas, which is a religious holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ, Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration that promotes principles and values centered around family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement.

Unlike Christmas, which is a religious holiday that celebrates the birth of Christ, Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration that promotes principles and values centered around family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. The celebration, started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, is a time for cultural reaffirmation and reconnection with the African American community and ancestors. It is observed Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Kwanzaa is based on the Nguzo Saba or seven guiding principles: Umoja—Unity Kujichagulia—Self-determination Ujima—Collective work and responsibility Ujamaa—Cooperative economics Nia—Purpose Kuumba—Creativity Imani—Faith Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender

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