In the United States, this holiday began to be celebrated in 1966 – at the peak of the struggle for civil rights.
President of the United States Donald Trump and his wife Melania addressed congratulations to all those who these days in the United States and around the world, celebrate Kwanzaa – New Year’s holiday of African culture.
“For more than 50 years, this week-long celebration has served to celebrate the African heritage and culture that African Americans share in our country and around the world,” the White House said in an official statement Thursday. – Every area of American life is enriched by the incalculable contributions of African-Americans. Kwanza is an opportunity to deepen cultural understanding and strengthen the bonds of mutual respect and friendship among all Americans.”
On Thursday, December 26, the first day of the Kwanza festival is celebrated. The holiday almost coincides with the arrival of the New Year and continues until January 1.
In the United States, this tradition was established by the activist and scientist Maulana Karenga in 1966-the peak of the struggle for civil rights” and the freedom of black citizens of America.” Karenga based it on the idea of a traditional African harvest festival. Maulana Karenga wanted the Kwanzaa festival to celebrate the African-American family, community, and culture.
The name of the festival comes from the Swahili expression “matunda ya Kwanza,” which translates as “first fruits.”