Kwanzaa Vocabulary

Kwanzaa Vocabulary

Kwanzaa - a weeklong annual celebration of African-American cultures and values created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga. It is held on December 26 to January 1.

Kinara- a special candle holder that has seven spots, each one representing a virtue celebrated during Kwanzaa. The special candles placed in a Kinara are called. Mishumaa Saba.

Kikombe cha Umoja (Unity Cup) - a symbol used to give thanks to African Ancestors

Mkeka mat- a special mat on which the kinara and other symbols of Kwanzaa are placed. Usually there are Mahindi (corn), zawadi(gifts), unity cup, etc.

Karamu- Kwanzaa culminates with a Karamu, a special feast, on the 6th day of Kwanzaa.

Dashiki- colorful garments originating from West Africa. Dashikis are usually worn while celebrating Kwanzaa