Frequently Asked Questions
Is Kwanzaa a religious holiday?
No. Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday and is celebrated by people of all faiths.
Is Kwanzaa an alternative to Christmas?
No. Kwanzaa is not an alternative to Christmas nor is it affiliated with any religion.
Can people who are not of African descent celebrate Kwanzaa?
Yes. Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates African and African-American culture and other people can and do celebrate it just like other people participate in Cinco de Mayo besides Mexicans; Chinese New Year besides Chinese; Native American pow wows besides Native Americans.
Where does the word Kwanzaa come from?
Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanzaa" which means first fruits.
When was Kwanzaa first celebrated?
The first Kwanzaa celebration was held on December 26th, 1966, in Los Angeles, California.