Kwanzaa festivities start as week long celebration begins

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The holidays continue as Wednesday marks the first day of Kwanzaa where the week-long celebration honors a different principle each day.

Wednesday’s principle is Umoja, which is Swahili for unity. Some other principles include self-determination, faith and creativity.

Kwanzaa was first observed to celebrate African heritage in African American culture some 50 years ago.

It continues through New Year’s Day.

There will be a Kwanzaa fest, Saturday at the Youth Opportunity Center.

The purpose is to teach the 7 principles, there will also be a youth talent showcase, vendors and more.

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