Since it was established in 1966, Kwanzaa has been celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1 by African American families. This holiday is inspired by the start of the harvest season in Africa, and comes from the word “first” in Swahili.
Donald Harrell, an adjunct Africana Studies professor, shared with Women’s Health that the holiday was created “with the intention of connecting with the past to prepare for the future while acknowledging culture and identity.”
According to African beliefs, as long as those who came before you are remembered and honored, they are present today.
This Women’s Health article can help you learn about Kwanzaa, including its seven core principles, important symbols and details on how you can celebrate it this year.