kwanzaaKwanzaa has the distinction of being the newest Winter holiday, created in California in 1966 by leading Black Nationalist and political activist, Ron “Maulana” Karenga. Kwanzaa was intended to help the African Diaspora resist complete assimilation into the dominant culture and is therefore nonreligious. To celebrate Pan-African culture, Kwanzaa celebrants devote each of the holiday’s seven nights to contemplation of a different aspect of “communitarian African philosophy:” unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Kwanzaa ceremonies can include music, drumming, recalling seminal events in African history, lighting the kinara candelabra, drinking, and feasting.

Foods that Celebrate African Diaspora Culture: