December 26


December 26, 1966 Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration honoring universal African heritage and culture, was first practiced in the United States. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and is observed annually from December 26 to January 1. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following seven principles; Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). The first Kwanzaa stamp was issued by the United States Postal Service in 1997 and a second stamp was issued in 2004.


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