When is Kwanzaa 2018?
Kwanzaa in 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
When is Kwanzaa 2019?
Kwanzaa in 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Why We Celebrate Kwanzaa?
Maulan Karenga is professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the watt disturbances in Los Angeles, the doctor tried to unite African-Americans. He founded an American cultural organization to study African culture. Kwanzaa combines the main aspects of several harvest celebrations, including Ashanti, the Zulu.
The word Kwanzaa comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza”. This means “first fruits” in Swahili. Every family celebrates Kwanzaa in their own way. The celebration includes songs and dances, African drums, stories, reading poems. In the night it is customary to light candles. The holiday is based on 7 principles-values of African cultures, which contribute to the creation and strengthening of the community among African Americans.
What Do People Do?
Kwanzaa is associated with the ceremony of burning candles and the opportunity to discuss the meaning of the holiday. The first night a black candle burns, and in the following – other candles. Every evening a candle is lit to discuss the following principle.
How to Celebrate Kwanzaa?
Families who celebrate Kwanzaa decorate their house with art objects, kente-type fabrics, fresh fruits. In Kwanzaa it is customary to include children in the ceremony, to respect and thank the ancestors.
List of dates for other years
List of Common Holidays in 2018
|New Year’s Day||January 1||Tuesday||Holidays /National|
|Martin Luther King Day||January 21||Monday||Holidays /National|
|Belly Laugh Day||January 24||Thursday||Holidays|
|Groundhog Day||February 2||Saturday||Holidays|
|Lincoln’s Birthday||February 12||Tuesday||Holidays /National|
|Valentine’s Day||February 14||Thursday||Holidays|
|Presidents Day and Washington’s Birthday||February 18||Monday||Holidays /National|
|Mardi Gras Carnival||March 5||Tuesday||Holidays|
|Daylight Saving||March 10||Sunday||Holidays|
|St. Patrick’s Day||March 17||Sunday||Holidays|
|April Fool’s Day||April 1||Monday||Holidays|
|Good Friday||April 19||Friday||Holidays|
|Easter Monday||April 22||Monday||Holidays|
|Earth Day||April 22||Monday||Holidays|
|Cinco de Mayo||May 5||Sunday||Holidays|
|Mother’s Day||May 12||Sunday||Holidays /National|
|Armed Forces Day||May 18||Saturday||Holidays|
|Memorial Day||May 27||Monday||Holidays /National|
|Pentecost Monday||June 10||Monday||Holidays|
|Flag Day||June 14||Friday||Holidays /National|
|Father’s Day||June 16||Sunday||Holidays /National|
|Independence Day||July 4||Thursday||Holidays /National|
|Parents’ Day||July 28||Sunday||Holidays|
|Labor Day||September 2||Monday||Holidays /National|
|Grandparents’ Day||September 8||Sunday||Holidays|
|Patriot Day or September 11th||September 11||Wednesday||Holidays|
|Stepfamily Day||September 16||Monday||Holidays|
|Citizenship Day||September 17||Tuesday||Holidays|
|Native American Day||September 27||Friday||Holidays|
|Columb Day||October 14||Monday||Holidays /National|
|Boss’s Day||October 16||Wednesday||Holidays|
|Sweetest Day||October 19||Saturday||Holidays|
|Daylight Saving||November 3||Sunday||Holidays|
|Veterans’ Day||November 11||Monday||Holidays /National|
|Thanksgiving||November 28||Thursday||Holidays /National|
|Black Friday||November 29||Friday||Holidays|
|Cyber Monday||December 2||Monday||Holidays|
|Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day||December 7||Saturday||Holidays|
|Christmas Day||December 25||Wednesday||Holidays /National|
|New Year’s Eve||December 31||Tuesday||Holidays|