Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder). It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, primarily in the United States.
Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and libations, and culminating in a feast and gift giving.
Kwanzaa celebrates what its founder called the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows:
* Unity: To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
* Self-Determination: To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
* Collective Work and Responsibility: To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
* Cooperative Economics: To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
* Purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
* Creativity: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
* Faith: To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
I also celebrate Boxing Day since I lived in a British Commonwealth country, New Zealand. The name derives from the tradition of giving seasonal gifts, on the day after Christmas, to less wealthy people and social inferiors, which was later extended to various workpeople such as labourers and servants.
The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to charitable institutions, the needy and people in service positions.