Kwanzaa

This Kwanzaa, dress up your home, gather family around the table, and celebrate the true meaning of the holiday. Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration that links African traditions and American customs. Kwanzaa runs from December 26 through January 1 of each year, and it can be celebrated with our traditional Kwanzaa recipes made into a feast. On each day of a Kwanzaa celebration, the host serves a dish from a different symbolic place, such as Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. In addition to delicious foods, we share the Kwanzaa traditions to take part in, such as a daily lighting of one of seven candles placed in a traditional kinara candleholder. It's common to make some Kwanzaa crafts, which are then given as homemade gifts. Families also put out Kwanzaa decorations, including colorful African cloth and, often, displays made with fresh fruits and vegetables, which emphasize the harvest theme of the Kwanzaa celebration. Browse all our Kwanzaa ideas for great ideas on every aspect of your holiday celebration.


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Kwanzaa History & Traditions
History of Kwanzaa

Learn about the origins of Kwanzaa, including the special meals and clothing.

Activities for Kids

Your kids will enjoy playing with Swahili translations, finishing mazes, and more.

Caribbean Favorites

These festive dishes bring a bright, fresh taste of the Caribbean to you.

Top Stories in Kwanzaa
Recipe Ideas
Decoration Ideas
  • Kwanzaa Fruit Broom

    Celebrate a prosperous and fruitful Kwanzaa with this homemade fruit broom.

  • Woodland Kinara

    Use one of the seven Kwanzaa principles, kuumba or creativity, for this tabletop Kinara.

  • Mkeka

    Make your own mkeka, or decorative and celebratory table mat, using these easy instructions.

Craft Ideas


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