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Kwanzaa is an African holiday that was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga and the Organization Us. It is celebrated annually from the 26th of December until the 1st of January by families around the world and is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called "the first-fruit" celebrations. Each day of Kwanzaa highlights a principle from the Nguzo Saba which include Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility),Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). According to the book entitled: Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture, a candle is lit each day in honor and reinforcement of the commitment to the Nguzo Saba. The principle is explained by the person lighting it and is used as the main topic of discussion for the day.

The annual celebration of Kwanzaa at Georgia College dates back to 1987 and traditionally is a time of fellowship for the campus and local community to learn about the principles and customs of Kwanzaa, feast in celebration of those principles and recommit to the betterment of our community.


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