If you have ever asked “What is Kwanzaa?” or “How is Kwanzaa celebrated?” then this is the video for you! In this video about Kwanzaa for kids we explore the celebrations and traditions of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a wonderful holiday celebration that starts on December 26th and runs to January 1st.

Throughout the video we take a look at and explain the 7 symbols of Kwanzaa, which are:
1. Kikombe Cha Umoja – The unity cup.
2. Kinara – The candle holder that holds 7 candles.
3. Mazao – Fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
4. Mishumaa Saba – the seven candles of kwanzaa.
5. Mkeka – a Place Mat
6. Vibunzi – an Ear of Corn
7. Zawadi – gifts given on January 1st.

Watch the video to learn the actions that are associated with each of the symbols.

We also teach about and explain the 7 principles of Kwanzaa which are:
1. Umoja (oo-MOH-ja) which means Unity Building.
2. Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chagoo-
LEE-yah) which means Self-determination.
3. Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) which means Collective work and
4. Ujamaa (oo-JAH-ma) which means Cooperative economics.
5. Nia (nee-AH) which means Sense of purpose.
6. Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) which means Creativity.
7. Imani (ee-MAH-nee) which means Faith

Together, the tradition of the seven symbols and seven principles of Kwanzaa are values of African culture
which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African Americans.

From the first day of the celebration on December 26th when the black candle in the center of the Kinara is lit to the final day of the celebration on January 1st when the final candle is lit, millions of people every year
will be celebrating Kwanzaa, a special week honoring the values or African cultures and inspiring African
Americans throughout the United States.

We hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Kwanzaa.

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