Kwanza begins December 26th, runs through January 1st
(CNN) — Friday, December 26th is the first day of Kwanza, which runs through January 1st.
It is aimed at helping African-Americans reconnect with their roots by celebrating African culture.
A professor at California State University at Long Beach created Kwanza in 1966 as a non-religious celebration of family and social values.
Each day is dedicated to a principle: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, creativity and faith.
On each night, a new candle is lit on a candelabra that has seven branches.