But unlike Christmas, Hanukkah or Ramadan, it is not associated with a major religion. They're hosting a community celebration for all ages on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, whose a storied criminal and mental history was recently chronicled by The Daily Caller's Eric Owens. You can still celebrate Christmas if you celebrate Kwanzaa.
Happy Kwanzaa! The holiday, which celebrated its 50th anniversary past year, kicks off December 26. The name is derived from "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits" in the Swahili language. Each family celebrates in their own way, sharing some common elements. Though he does not celebrate it as a regular holiday, Hamilton said he supports the principles of Kwanzaa, which are represented by the candles of the seven-branched kinara.
At the end of the first day, the black candle in the centre is lit, followed by the others on subsequent nights.
In New Britain, Trinity on Main is to host Kwanzaa Celebration 2017 on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. The seven principles are: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).
Kwanzaa is considered a cultural holiday, not a religious one according to the Official Kwanzaa Website. Kwanzaa is the celebration of a culture, not a religion.