How to Celebrate Kwanzaa

7 Ways to Celebrate Kwanzaa

Woman lighting Kwanzaa kinara

By Claudia Mair Burney

A cultural holiday created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and ends on January 1.

Kwanzaa is a time of gathering together to celebrate the African culture, the harvest, and our accomplishments and virtues.

My family spent a decade honoring this tradition and it profoundly nourished our souls. We not only honored our culture, we found unique ways to rejoice in one another. Kwanzaa isn’t meant to stress you; it's meant to inspire you to remember who you are.

Here are seven ways that correspond with the seven principles of Kwanzaa that any busy family can celebrate without a lot of time, money, or effort.


Claudia Mair Burney is the author of novels "Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White" and "Wounded: A Love Story", as well as the "Amanda Bell Brown Mysteries" and "The Exorsistah" series for teens.

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