For seven days, from December 26 to January African-Americans celebrate their African heritage and affirm seven important principles of community and family life. As with most holidays, traditional foods play a central role.
The Kinara Goes Modern: On each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, tradition calls for lighting one candle in a colorful candleholder, called a kinara. Each of the candles represents one of the key principles at the center of the holiday, presenting an opportunity to share these values as, one-by-one, the candles are lit. The Kinara can be made from a variety of materials; this one is crafted from plywood and glass jars and is simple enough to let the kids help create it.
How to Celebrate Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a holiday invented in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (founder of the Black Power group "Us Organization") through which African Americans can connect with their heritage and culture.