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Kwanzaa celebrations focus on family, culture

Kwanzaa runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. There are several celebrations planned across the Triangle.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American heritage and culture, started Sunday and runs through Jan. 1.

Some of the celebrations and events marking the holiday started earlier this month. But there are many this week. Here are some of them:

The Hayti Heritage Center will mark Kwanzaa at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the St. Joseph's Performance Hall, 804 Old Fayettevile Street in Durham. Doors open at 6 p.m. and vendors have been invited to sell their wares. At 7:30 p.m., choreographer Chuck Davis, who is founder and artistic director of the African American Dance Ensemble, will light the Kinara, a candle holder with seven candles that is integral to the celebration, and talk about Kwanzaa's prinicipals. It's free and open to the public. And on Jan. 1, the African American Dance Ensemble will be part of KwanzaaFest 2010 at the Durham Armory. It's from noon to 6 p.m. and is free. Click here for more information about these and some other Kwanzaa events in the Triangle.
Cary will hold its 16th annual Kwanzaa celebration from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Herbert C. Young Community Center. There will be live entertainment and children's activities, along with a cultural marketplace with handmade arts and crafts. It's also free and open to the public. Click here for more information about Cary's event.
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