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Kwanzaa Under Way Through Jan. 1

The week-long, non-religious holiday celebrates African-American cultures and traditions.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - It's the first day of the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa.

The week-long, non-religious holiday was started in 1966 as a way to celebrate African-American cultures and traditions. 

The holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. 

According to the Official Kwanzaa Website, the name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, a Pan-African language, which is the most widely spoken African language. 

For seven days, Kwanzaa promotes the focus on seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. According to the official website, these values are called the Nguzo Saba, which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. 

Kwanzaa runs through January 1.

Click here to learn much more from the official Kwanzaa Website.

Click here for information on celebrations of the holiday in Little Rock.
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