Your At-Home Kwanzaa Guide

Kwanzaa runs Dec. 26, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021 and if you're looking for some fun and unique ways to celebrate, this at-home Kwanzaa guide has you covered with recipes, crafts and more.

Kwanzaa, the African American cultural celebration of life, was introduced in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to the home and build both pride and unity within the Black community, according to The Africa Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, Kwanzaa and its seven principles (Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamma, Nia, Kuumba and Imani) has been celebrated by many African American families through dancing, singing, the Kinara lighting and a huge feast with loved ones. 

While coronavirus may put a damper on the “huge” part, families who celebrate Kwanzaa can still do so from the comfort of homes — and the fun craft, recipes and activities listed in the at-home Kwanzaa guide can help with the planning.

The food

Sitting down and having a meal with your loved ones is essential to celebrating this holiday and while we’re sure many families have traditional recipes they use each year, the chaos of 2020 might provide the perfect reason to branch out a bit. If you want to try something new, we suggest these fun recipes.

Kwanzaa activities

Red, green and black — the colors of the Black Liberation flag — are an important part of the holiday. Many families decorate their homes in these colors and set up a seven-branch candleholder known as a Kinara, with seven red, green and black candles, one of which is lit each day during Kwanzaa.

For families with kids, you may be looking for ways to tap into their creativity with these colors and they can with these fun craft ideas.

Looking for even more Kwanzaa fun? Check out the Metro Parent roundup of Kwanzaa Family Events happening this year! 

Happy Kwanzaa!

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