Week-long Kwanzaa celebration underway


(WWLP) – Tuesday marks the first day of Kwanzaa. The holiday started in the 1960s to honor African and African-American culture, history, and heritage.

During the week-long celebration, seven principles, known as Nguzo Saba, are honored. Those principles are:

  • Unity
  • Self determination
  • Collective work and responsibility
  • Cooperative economics
  • Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Faith

While Kwanzaa is not religiously-based, it highlights the cultural pride of the African-American community. Kwanzaa means “first fruits,” and is celebrated around the world with family and community events.

Businesswoman and educator Ayanna Crawford told 22News that Kwanzaa serves as a time to recommit yourself as a community-minded person.

“As a person that is here to contribute, and to uplift, and to bring goodness, and to bring light- and sharing your goodness with others, that is the basis of Kwanzaa,”  Crawford said.

It continues through New Year’s Day, and ends with a feast, and gift-giving.

The City of Springfield will be holding its annual Kwanzaa celebration at UMass Center at Springfield on Friday at noon.

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