Kwanzaa for DummiesKwanzaa for Dummies11 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Kwanzaa is a festival that lasts from December 26th to January 1st, which celebrates Africa and all things African.
It was first initiated by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Black Studies at CSU, Long Beach, in 1966, during the heady days of the Civil Rights Movement. Karenga did several studies on African festivals and celebrations, as he had noticed that there was a dearth of cultural celebrations for the African-American community. In his studies, he noticed that most annual celebrations among most sub-Saharan African ethnicities are what are often termed "first fruits" celebrations, or celebrations of the year's harvest.
In these types of festivals, the harvest is gathered after a year of planting and growth, and then the first and foremost of this harvest are dedicated to the ancestors of the particular village or community, before, of course, all of the living then celebrate the good things which have happened within the past year since the last first fruits festival.