Weeklong Kwanzaa festivities in Huntsville

Weeklong Kwanzaa festivities in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Kwanzaa is a seven-day non-religious holiday observed in the U.S., meant to honor African Americans’ ancestral roots. The celebration begins December 26 and ends January 1.

The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” Starting Thursday, Kwanzaa celebrations will kick off in Huntsville. Here is a list of the weeklong celebrations.

Dec. 26 - Candle-lighting ceremony (Umoja), Bridge Street Town Centre near Monaco, 2-4 p.m.

Dec. 27 - Celebration (Kujichagulia), Richard Showers Center, 2-7 p.m.

Dec. 28 - Celebration (Ujima), Downtown public library, noon-5 p.m.

Dec. 29 - Celebration (Ujamaa), Zenzeles Consignment, 3-10 p.m.

Dec. 30 - Celebration (Nia), Madison public library, noon-3 p.m.

Dec. 31 - Karamu (Kuumba), Downtown public library, noon-5 p.m.

Jan. 1 - Celebration (Imani), Celebrate with family

To learn more about Kwanzaa, click here.

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