First celebrated in the United States in 1966, Kwanzaa was created for those of African descent around the world to reconnect
with their common heritage. The name is derived from traditional harvest celebrations in Africa called matunda ya kwanza, literally "first fruits," which were seven days of gathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment, and celebration. Beginning
on December 26 and lasting for seven days, modern Kwanzaa celebrations esteem one of the seven core principles of African
American unity, the Nguzo Saba, on each night. Karamu, a lavish feast of traditional foods from African cultures around the world, takes place near the
end of the holiday.
Try it: Peanut and Squash Soup