5 things you didn't know about Kwanzaa

Family lighting kinara candles, celebrating Kwanzaa
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This season is full of amazing traditions and one little known holiday is Kwanzaa - here's some things you should know:

1. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. Kwanzaa has its roots in African American culture and is a celebration of heritage and community. 

2. Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday as it was founded in 1966 during the Black Nationalist Movement.

3. The name Kwanzaa translates to "First Fruits of the Harvest." This is often symbolized with a large fruit and candle display at many celebrations.

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4. Kwanzaa is based on 7 core principles, each one celebrated on a specific day in order. They are: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity & faith.

5. Kwanzaa is estimated to be celebrated by up to 2 million Americans each year.