Trump Offers 'Warmest Wishes' for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Holiday- The Celebration of African Heritage and Identity Begins

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump released a statement commemorating Kwanzaa, the seasonal holiday celebrated by many African-Americans that begins on December 26 and runs through New Year's Day. Seven candles are lighted over the seven days of Kwanzaa and are symbolic of Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of African heritage.

The week-long celebration honors African heritage and highlights the importance of family and community. "And I can't think of a more necessary thing to do after we spent quite an interesting and tumultuous year". They're hosting a community celebration for all ages on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Kwanzaa started in 1966.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially wished the nation a "happy Kwanzaa" to mark the beginning of the holiday.

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He struck a similar note in 2015, writing, "Kwanzaa's seven principles-unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith-are also shared values that bind us as Americans". The name is derived from "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits" in the Swahili language.

The candles - one black, three red and three green - each symbolize a different principle: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), goal (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani).

With the final flame of Hanukkah flickering out last week, there's another holiday under way that involves the daily lighting of candles, cultural history, gift-giving, and bountiful meals.

At the end of the first day, the black candle in the centre is lit, followed by the others on subsequent nights.

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