Kwanzaa is an African American cultural celebration that focuses on harvest and builds pride and unity within the Black community. The seven principles – Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamma, Nia, Kuumba and Imani – are celebrated through dancing, singing, the Kinara lighting and a huge feast with loved ones.
While coronavirus may put a damper on the “huge” part, families who celebrate Kwanzaa can still do so from the comfort of homes — and the fun craft, recipes and activities listed in the at-home Kwanzaa guide can help with the planning.
Sitting down and having a meal with your loved ones is essential to celebrating this holiday and while we’re sure many families have traditional recipes they use each year, the chaos of 2020 might provide the perfect reason to branch out a bit. If you want to try something new, we suggest these fun recipes.
- Diverse Holiday Treat Ideas for Families to Make Together: This list of recipes offers beene seed wafers and sweet potato cupcakes for Kwanzaa — plus Christmas, Hanukkah and Divali ideas, too!
- The Best Kwanzaa Recipes (Food Network): This page of recipes from Food Network offers a new twist on southern collard greens, curried sweet potato puree and much more.
Red, green and black — the colors of the Black Liberation flag — are an important part of the holiday. Many families decorate their homes in these colors and set up a seven-branch candleholder known as a Kinara, with seven red, green and black candles, one of which is lit each day during Kwanzaa.
For families with kids, you may be looking for ways to tap into their creativity with these colors and they can with these fun craft ideas.
- Kwanzaa Crafts & Activities (Happy Toddler Playtime): This roundup offers fun ideas including a handprint Kinara, a Unity Cup craft and more.
- Kwanzaa Crafts from Fun Family Crafts: Check out this site for a folded paper or egg carton Kwanzaa Kinaras, flags of Africa cards, Kwanzaa flags and more.
Looking for even more Kwanzaa fun? Check out the Chicago Parent roundup of Kwanzaa Family Events happening this year!
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