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his holiday, created by the activist, author and professor Maulana Karenga in 1966, celebrates African-American heritage. Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili term for “first fruits of harvest,” and is often celebrated with feasts, sharing libations, and lighting candles in the kinara. The seven candles represent the seven principles of African heritage: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
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