Kwanzaa festivities begin today

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Christmas and Hanukkah may be over, but the holidays aren’t.

The 7-day holiday, Kwanzaa, begins Friday.

The African-American holiday is a celebration of family, community and culture.

Each day is dedicated to one of the principles representing African American culture: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Friday  is “umoja” meaning unity.

Each night, a candle is lit on a candelabra that has seven branches.

Kwanzaa, meaning “fruits of the harvest” in Swahili, was founded in the 1960’s.

The  holiday runs through January 1st, New Years Day. It ends with dancing, singing, feasting and gift giving.

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