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A Matter of Tradition: Kwanzaa Celebration Begins

Posted December 26, 2000

Some of the symbols of Kwanzaa.(WRAL-TV5 News)

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

"We want to celebrate who we are and the rich culture that we brought on the slave ships to this country, and that's what we're doing here," Judith Carroll says. She observes Kwanzaa, focusing on strengthening the African-American family and community.

The celebration also serves as an opportunity to reaffirm traditional African values and beliefs, including unity, creativity and faith.

Kwanzaa is a fairly new celebration, having been around for a little more than 30 years. It has grown in popularity over the years as more people want to learn about their African heritage.

Utibe Udoh values his African roots, and he always makes sure his African art store is stocked this time of year for customers interested in observing this tradition.

"This is very positive for people and the community as a whole," he says.

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