Kwanzaa: African American Celebration of Culture

Kwanzaa: African American Celebration of Culture

by Amanda Doering Tourville
     
 

Provides a description of the African American holiday of Kwanzaa, including how it started and ways people celebrate this cultural holiday.

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Provides a description of the African American holiday of Kwanzaa, including how it started and ways people celebrate this cultural holiday.

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Children's Literature
The 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.
—Leila Toledo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736869331
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Series:
Holidays and Culture Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Amanda Doering is the author of more than 50 children's books. She enjoys writing for kids and helping them learn about themselves and the world around them. She hopes kids learn to love reading as much as she does. When she’s not reading or writing, Amanda likes to travel, hike, take photographs, and spend time with her bulldog, Hugo (who is not a bully at all).

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