TEMPLE, Texas — This season is full of amazing traditions and one little-known holiday is Kwanzaa. Here are some things you should know:
1. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. Kwanzaa has its roots in African American culture and is a celebration of heritage and community.
2. Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday as it was founded in 1966 during the Black Nationalist Movement.
3. The name Kwanzaa translates to "First Fruits of the Harvest." This is often symbolized with a large fruit and candle display at many celebrations.
4. Kwanzaa is based on seven core principles. Each one is celebrated on a specific day in order: Unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
5. Kwanzaa is estimated to be celebrated by up to 2 million Americans each year.
The week-long celebration of Kwanzaa begins the day after Christmas.
Madeline Cuddihy contributed to the content of this story
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