'Let Us Celebrate' - Trump Rings In Kwanzaa

Donald and Melania Trump delivering a video message for Christmas 2017 from the White House

Celebrated each year from December 26 to January 1, Kwanzaa is centered on seven principles of African heritage _ unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, co-operative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Unaffiliated with any religion, Kwanzaa is a celebration of community, family and culture that was established as a way for African-Americans to reconnect with their roots and heritage.

Having declared victory in the "assault" on saying Merry Christmas, President Trump on Tuesday sent out "warmest wishes" for those celebrating Kwanzaa.

To everyone celebrating, we say Kwanzaa Furaha or Happy Kwanzaa! From how long it lasts to its seven principles, here's what you need to know!

Kwanzaa is a seven-day long festival that was created to unite African-Americans and reflect their distinct culture.

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Celebrations for Kwanzaa often include song and dance, African drums, storytelling and reading poetry, and a large traditional meal. The final line of the blog was a quote suggesting that Kwanzaa, like the Seinfeld-inspired Festivus, was a "fake holiday".

In Grand Rapids, if you want to celebrate you can head over to West Michigan Jewels of Africa on Eastern Avenue. The name is derived from "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits" in the Swahili language.

The colors of the candles are black, red, and green.

At the end of the first day, the black candle in the centre is lit, followed by the others on subsequent nights.

He struck a similar note in 2015, writing, "Kwanzaa's seven principles-unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith-are also shared values that bind us as Americans".

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