PALMDALE – Family and friends are invited to free local celebrations this Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the African-American cultural holiday Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa, a secular festival honoring African-American culture and traditional values, is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year.
During the weeklong celebration, each of the seven days is dedicated to a principle of African heritage.
The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa are:
- Umoja (Unity)
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
- Nia (Purpose)
- Kuumba (Creativity)
- Imani (Faith)
Local celebrations on Dec. 28 & 29
On day three of Kwanzaa (Ujima), there will be a local celebration featuring music, a lecture and refreshments.
The event starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Holiday Inn, located at 38630 5th Street West in Palmdale.
The free event is hosted by SZ Solutions, Unlimited Fashions, and The Journal of Pan African Studies. For more information, contact Itibari M. Zulu, Sr. at 661-952-8625 or email Imzsr@yahoo.com.
On day four of Kwanzaa (Ujamaa), there will be second celebration hosted by the Antelope Valley Chapter of the NAACP.
Titled “A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture,” the annual Kwanzaa celebration will take place from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 29 at United Desert Charities, located at 2101 East Palmdale Boulevard in Palmdale.
The event will feature performances by The Drum Circle and Scholar Jamaal Brown, as well as crafts, arts, music, dancers and much more.
For more information on this event, contact Waunette Cullors at 661-544-8439 or email Waunette@avnaacp.org.