What’s Kwanzaa you ask? Well, it’s a week-long celebration, first celebrated in 1966, that honors African heritage in African-American culture. While originally supposedly created as an "oppositional alternative" to Christmas, many people who celebrate Kwanzaa now also celebrate either/both Christmas and New Year’s. In fact, the celebrating of Kwanzaa has even spread to other countries, such as Canada.
There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
Kwanzaa symbols (designed to convey the seven principles) include a decorative mat on which other symbols are placed. The other symbols are corn and other crops, a candle holder kinara with seven candles, a communal cup for pouring libation, gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a black, red, and green flag.
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DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert on this topic, I am just sharing what I learned through my research, so please take this with a grain of salt. I am human, which means I make mistakes too, so if I misunderstood something please forgive me.