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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.

Kwanzaa History & Traditions

Why do African-Americans celebrate Kwanzaa? Does it replace Christmas? What...

Kwanzaa Main Dishes

These tasty meals will create excitement around the table.

Kwanzaa Desserts and Snacks

The perfect ending to a delicious Kwanzaa dinner.

Woodland Kinara

The seven candles in the kinara represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa. By...

Kwanzaa Menus

These menus can be served throughout the Kwanzaa celebration for family meals...

Kwanzaa Banner

This banner features the kinara, a seven-branched candleholder that symbolizes...

Kwanzaa Breads

These delicious breads are quick to prepare and good to eat.

Star Pillow

The joined pieces of this elegant pillow can speak to you of the principle of...

Symbolic Centerpieces

Combining the symbols of Kwanzaa in a centerpiece not only gives you a focal...

Kwanzaa Celebrations

For seven days, from December 26 to January 1, African-Americans celebrate...

Festive Recipes for Kwanzaa Celebrations

Celebrate this holiday with these bold and colorful recipes, perfect for a...

Heirloom Kwanzaa Crafts to Treasure Forever

Create these special Kwanzaa crafts to celebrate African heritage and affirm...

Kwanzaa Fruit Broom

During Kwanzaa, fruits are often placed in a basket on the table to symbolize ...


Celebrating Kwanzaa allows you to show your creativity. You can make a mkeka...

Blending Old and New

This dynamic pairing of recipes brings food from Africa and the New World...

Kwanzaa Side Dishes

Mouth-watering accompaniments to traditional Kwanzaa dishes.

Musical Drums

Making music is a big part of the entertainment for the karamu (or feast), and...

Kwanzaa Chair Slipcover

Create colorful slipcovers to complement Kwanzaa table settings and gift...

Southern Brunch

Get the family out of bed to celebrate with this delicious meal.

Festive Recipe Ideas for Kwanzaa

Celebrate this holiday with these bold and colorful recipes perfect for a crowd.

Heritage Table Runner

Add a splash of seasonal fabric to your tabletop decor. This pretty runner...

Kwanzaa Activities

Your kids will have fun matching the seven principles of Kwanzaa with their...

Beaded Bracelet or Napkin Ring

This is an easy craft for kids. Just set them up with buckets of beads, and...


Every African plays some version of kalah, for example, mancala or awari. The...

Kwanzaa Family History Book

Help your children make a fun book that puts them in touch with their past.


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