Definition of Kwanzaa in English:

Kwanzaa

noun

North American
  • A secular festival observed by many African Americans from 26 December to 1 January as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

    • ‘We enjoyed visiting lecturers, reunions, and four years worth of Kwanzaa and Black history month celebrations.’
    • ‘For African Americans who observe Kwanzaa, we give to underscore values of community and cooperation we hold dear.’
    • ‘Do you really want a giant Kwanzaa candelabra at City Hall this December?’
    • ‘The seven principles of Kwanzaa are rooted in African traditions.’
    • ‘My kid is so into the holidays, he's been trying to talk us into celebrating Kwanzaa.’
    • ‘Iowa State's fourth annual Kwanzaa celebration will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 2, in Fisher Theater.’
    • ‘So far I've been invited to celebrations for Christmas, Eid, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah, which is very cool.’
    • ‘You are incredible for including both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.’
    • ‘On Christmas morning we go into the living room and gather around the Kwanzaa set we put out the night before.’
    • ‘Another looks at African-American Kwanzaa celebrations, with cards, candles and table decorations.’
    • ‘Many African Americans now celebrate Kwanzaa, an alternative festival with a focus on traditional African values.’
    • ‘I am grateful for the many Kwanzaa storybooks available to our children.’
    • ‘Several young children give us their take on the celebration of life known as Kwanzaa.’
    • ‘Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and half a dozen other religious festivals occur.’
    • ‘If your family observes Kwanzaa, ask if you can have a friend over to learn about the rituals.’
    • ‘Well, the lighting of these candles signifies the start of Kwanzaa.’
    • ‘Candles are also used in celebrations of Kwanzaa, which is an African American holiday, which runs from December 26 to January 1.’
    • ‘The Kwanzaa celebration, a 1966 creation by Dr. Maulana Karenga, is a seven-day celebration beginning on December 26 and ending on January 1.’
    • ‘You don't change the name of Kwanzaa to something else, you don't change the name of a Menorah to a candlestick, nor do you change the name of a Christmas tree to a holiday tree.’
    • ‘The cloth marks important events, such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, graduations, and Black History Month.’

Origin

From Kiswahili matunda ya kwanza, literally ‘first fruits (of the harvest)’, from kwanza ‘first’.

Pronunciation

Kwanzaa

/ˈkwanzɑː/