QUICK FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT KWANZAA
Because I was curious and because I just googled it. Looking to celebrate this year. Who's with me?
- •Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday.Kwanzaa was intended to be more of a social holiday by bringing the African American community together and embracing unity during the civil rights era.
- •Kwanzaa is not a substitute for Christmas.Think about it, probably most blacks are Christian anyways. It's like saying you don't celebrate Presidents' Day because you recognize Martin Luther King day instead. Doesn't make sense. But if you also want to think about an alternative perspective I'm sure there's some black panthers looking to go against the "white mans holiday"
- •To support my first two points, Kwanzaa is still indeed a holidayKind of like Cinco De Mayo and St. Patrick's day are holidays that people recognize or celebrate.
- •Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 and is a week long celebration from Dec 26-Jan 1The purpose was to honor African America heritage in the AFAM culture with feast and gift giving but primarily recognize the 7 core principles.
- •Kwanzaa has 7 principles.Unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
- •Kwanzaa was created by Maulana KarengaWho from my understanding is now a professor at Cal State Long Beach Calif.
- •More importantly, you don't have to be black to celebrate Kwanzaa.White people have dreads and cornrows right?...popular black hairstyles, well...Just like white peoples still have cornrows in their hair...if you want to celebrate/recognize Kwanzaa you can too. It's not just for blacks but it does honor the AFAM community. So white people, there's your answer if you're reading this.