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Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

Kwanzaa has seven core principles. It was created by Maulana Karenga, the chair of Black Studies at California State University, and first celebrated in 1966–67.

Photo Abraham Menashe