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Children's LiteratureThe author has given a brief description of the African-American holiday Kwanzaa, including how it got started and who created the holiday. Africans celebrate the harvest for seven days from December 26th to January 1st. In 1966, Professor Maulana Karenga developed Kwanzaa to celebrate this part of African culture. The celebration is based on seven principles: unity; being responsible for one's self; working together; creating your own business and opportunity; improving yourself; creating beauty; and honoring African leaders, traditions, and culture. Each night for seven days people discuss one of the principles. There are also seven symbols that are exhibited during this time: candles, a candleholder, gifts, a unity cup, corn, other crops, and a mat. Gifts are exchanged on the last night. The gifts are handmade, not gifts that come from a store. The book includes a hands-on project and sources for additional information. Part of the "First Facts" series. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 5 to 7.