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Kwanzaa begins across the Triangle

Posted December 26, 2014

Christmas is over, but another celebration is just beginning. Friday marked the start of Kwanzaa, a seven-day holiday that celebrates African culture.

The celebration also serves as an opportunity to reaffirm traditional African values and beliefs, including the seven principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Kwanzaa is a fairly new celebration, having been around for a little more than 40 years. It has grown in popularity over the years as more African-Americans want to learn about their heritage.

Events are planned for Tuesday in Cary and Durham, and another event will be held in Durham on New Year's Day.


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  • wlbbjb Dec 26, 2014

    Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means "first" and signifies the first fruits of the harvest. Sounds like their values are good ones to live by and ones we should all live by. Happy Kwanzaa to those who celebrate it.

  • Jeff DeWitt Dec 26, 2014
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    Kwanzaa makes Valentines Day seem like an ancient and honorable holiday.

    I know a guy who was born in Africa of parents and grandparents were born in Africa and he's now an American citizen, by any rational definition he's an "African-American", and yet he doesn't observe kwanzaa nor would most people accept the fact he's an African-American just because he happens to be white.

  • Edward Levy Dec 26, 2014
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    Amazing, that you start the story about Christmas (being over) which I celebrate
    and make no mention that the oldest holy day during this time of the year is not mentioned. It is called Hanukkah.