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Kwanzaa celebration kicks off in Marion Square

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- With Chanukah and Christmas behind us, it's time to look forward to Kwanzaa.

The week-long, non-religious holiday starts Thursday. It was started by Dr. Karenga in 1966 to celebrate African-American cultures and traditions.

For seven days, Kwanzaa calls on all of us to focus on seven principles of Nguzo Saba: unity, self-determination,  collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Gifts are usually given to children after they light a candle and discuss the day's principle.

Candles on the Kwanzaa Kinara will be lit in Marion Square Thursday evening. The first light will be lit at 5 p.m. at the corner of Calhoun and King streets.

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On Tuesday, there will be a Happy New Year Charleston event where Art Gilliard of Art Forms & Theatre Concepts will present the principles of Kwanzaa and Denunifay dance troupe and Mt Zion AME singers will perform. 

Other activities include:

  • Dec. 26 - An Ecumenical Service will be held at the Unity Church on Leeds Avenue in North Charleston. The service, called Umoja-Unity will begin at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 27 -  Kujichagulia-Self determination: The Black Nurses Association will hold a celebration at the YWCA on Coming Street from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 28 - Ujima-Collective Work and Responsibility: The city of Charleston's Recreation Department will hold a parade beginning at Mall Park on Columbus Street at 2 p.m.
    That evening the T'Seti Dynasty will hold an event at the Cannon Street YMCA at from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The program will feature entertainment, vendors and food.
  • Dec. 29 - Ujamaa-Cooperative Economics: Charlene Holbeck and Company will offer African dancing and exercising for the public at Ferndale Community Center on Wilson Avenue from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Participants can exercise off those holiday pounds to African dance, drums and music.
  • Dec. 30 - Nia-Purpose: Family Night in the Nguzo Saba. Families are encouraged to celebrate Kwanzaa in their homes, picking one of the principles and discussing it with family and friends and make plans for the future.
  • Dec.31 - Kuumba-Creativity: Arts and crafts will be available for kids at the NIA Infant and Toddler Center on Helm Avenue from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 - Imani-Faith: A Remembrance Day Ceremony will be held at Sakofa Memorial Grounds located on the corner of Maybank Highway and Folly Road at 1 p.m.
    Also on New Year's Day, the Karumu-community feast will be held at Scott's Grand Hall on Dorchester Road from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Food, entertainment, and vendors will be on hand.


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