First Day of Kwanzaa – Palm Beach County

Lorea Thomson
Posted by Lorea Thomson
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Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that is celebrated in Palm Beach County and all around the world with populations of African descendants. It is a holiday which celebrates and honors African culture in the worldwide African community. The Spady Museum in Delray Beach will be hosting a Kwanzaa Celebration, Saturday, December 28.  Kwanzaa arose from the Black Freedom Movement in 1966 in the United States. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a noted professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, CA. This holiday is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st.

Kwanzaa is a holiday tradition that is based on the “first harvest” celebrations in Africa. As recorded history, these first harvest celebrations can be traced all the way back to Nubia and Egypt and can be found in cultures all over Africa. The first-fruit celebrations differ from one society to another, they all had a few principles in common. These principles include “people gathering to celebrate, acknowledging the creator and thanking him for his blessings. It’s a commemoration of the past, a re-commitment to African cultural thought and a time to celebrate community”.

The popularity of Kwanzaa was strengthened by the release of the documentary film about Kwanzaa called the “Black Candle”.  The film narrated by Maya Angelou. It’s time to celebrate black culture and pass on decades old traditions. For more information about the Kwanzaa Celebration, or to buy tickets, click here.


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