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.

These tasty meals will create excitement around the table.

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

The perfect ending to a delicious Kwanzaa dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These dishes bring a little piece of the Caribbean to you.

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

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

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

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

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

Mouth-watering accompaniments to traditional Kwanzaa dishes.

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

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

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

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

Older children and adults will enjoy making this keepsake.

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

Share in the bounty of the earth with this scrumptious meal.

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