Kwanzaa is that year-end festival which makes December 26 to Jan 1 a special time for kids and folks alike! Kids are a customary part of the Kwanzaa celebration which is incomplete without their active participation.

What is Kwanzaa? – History and Celebrations

Kwanzaa – meaning the first fruits of the harvest – is a celebration of Afro-American community and culture. It was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga as a holiday devoted specifically to African-Americans. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the 7 principles at the heart of this celebration – unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Typical Kwanzaa celebrations include decorating households, dressing up in traditional kaftans, burning seven candles symbolizing the seven principles and cooking Kwanzaa-themed meals with peanuts, sweet potatoes, sesame seeds and spicy sauces all seven days of the week.

Kwanzaa for Children

Kids are an integral part of Kwanzaa celebrations. This year, keep them engaged with fun Kwanzaa worksheets, printable artworks, coloring pages, cool activities and DIY crafts. Narrate to them the tradition of this Afro-American festival and help them discover the meaning of Kwanzaa with these free resources!

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