Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1. This celebration culminates in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day. Families and communities come together to celebrate, share a feast, to honor the ancestors, and affirm the bonds between them. Kwanzaa includes an acknowledgment and honoring its seven principles. Each day of Kwanzaa emphasizes a new principle with a candle-lighting ceremony that offers an opportunity to discuss the principle and its meaning. The first night the black candle in the center is lit and the principle of Umoja (Unity) is discussed.
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