NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — December 26, kicks off the first day of the Kwanzaa holiday.
First created in 1966 by a California professor, the week-long celebration of family and social values, is aimed at helping African Americans reconnect with their roots by celebrating African culture.
Each day is represented by a principle and on that day of observance, a candle is lit:
- UMOJA- Unity
- KUJICHAGULIA- Self-Determination
- UJIMA- Collective work and responsibility
- UJAMA A- Familyhood and Cooperative Economics
- NIA- Purpose
- KUUMBA- Creativity
- IMANI- Faith
The New Orleans Kwanzaa Coalition will be hosting a series of celebration for the next seven days beginning Dec. 26 and ending Jan. 1.