Delicious ways to celebrate Kwanzaa

Family, friends and food
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Family, friends and food

The weeklong Kwanzaa celebration is marked by gatherings with family and friends, gift giving, and—of course—delicious food! The holiday, after all, gets its name from matunda ya kwanza, or first fruits of the harvest.
Kwanzaa, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, was first envisioned by professor Maulana Karenga in 1966 as a way to celebrate African heritage and principles. Today it is celebrated across Canada and the United States with each of the seven days dedicated to an intention or principle.
In Swahili these tenets are called Nguzu Saba, or the seven principles, and include: umoja, or unity; kujichagulia, or self-determination; ujima, collective work and responsibility; ujamaa, or cooperative economics; nia, or purpose; kuumba, or creativity; and imani, faith.
We’ve been inspired by recipes gathered by the Kwanzaa culinarians, a group of food bloggers of African descent sharing stories, discussions and delicious recipe ideas.
For delicious inspiration for your own week of festivities, read on...

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