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Community leaders celebrate Kwanzaa in Las Vegas

Posted at 2:44 PM, Dec 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-27 23:12:54-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Kwanzaa is a celebration of Black culture, family and unity.

The holiday is celebrated this year from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

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"Kwanzaa" derives from "Matunda ya Kwanka" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. The holiday was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a Black educator and activist.

The holiday is defined by the seven principles, with each day dedicated to a specific principle, marked by lighting a new candle on the kinara.

Learn more about the seven principles and Kwanzaa here.