Kwanzaa 2018


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Kwanzaa in 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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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.

Kwanzaa Observances

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List of Common Holidays in 2018

NameDateWeekdayHoliday Type
New Year’s DayJanuary 1TuesdayHolidays /National
Martin Luther King DayJanuary 21MondayHolidays /National
Belly Laugh DayJanuary 24ThursdayHolidays
Groundhog DayFebruary 2SaturdayHolidays
Lincoln’s BirthdayFebruary 12TuesdayHolidays /National
Valentine’s DayFebruary 14ThursdayHolidays
Presidents Day and Washington’s BirthdayFebruary 18MondayHolidays /National
Mardi Gras CarnivalMarch 5TuesdayHolidays
Daylight SavingMarch 10SundayHolidays
St. Patrick’s DayMarch 17SundayHolidays
April Fool’s DayApril 1MondayHolidays
Good FridayApril 19FridayHolidays
EasterApril 21SundayHolidays
Easter MondayApril 22MondayHolidays
Earth DayApril 22MondayHolidays
Cinco de MayoMay 5SundayHolidays
Mother’s DayMay 12SundayHolidays /National
Armed Forces DayMay 18SaturdayHolidays
Memorial DayMay 27MondayHolidays /National
PentecostJune 9SundayHolidays
Pentecost MondayJune 10MondayHolidays
Flag DayJune 14FridayHolidays /National
Father’s DayJune 16SundayHolidays /National
Independence DayJuly 4ThursdayHolidays /National
Parents’ DayJuly 28SundayHolidays
Labor DaySeptember 2MondayHolidays /National
Grandparents’ DaySeptember 8SundayHolidays
Patriot Day or September 11thSeptember 11WednesdayHolidays
Stepfamily DaySeptember 16MondayHolidays
Citizenship DaySeptember 17TuesdayHolidays
Native American DaySeptember 27FridayHolidays
Columb DayOctober 14MondayHolidays /National
Boss’s DayOctober 16WednesdayHolidays
Sweetest DayOctober 19SaturdayHolidays
HalloweenOctober 31ThursdayHolidays
Daylight SavingNovember 3SundayHolidays
Veterans’ DayNovember 11MondayHolidays /National
ThanksgivingNovember 28ThursdayHolidays /National
Black FridayNovember 29FridayHolidays
Cyber MondayDecember 2MondayHolidays
Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayDecember 7SaturdayHolidays
Christmas DayDecember 25WednesdayHolidays /National
New Year’s EveDecember 31TuesdayHolidays