ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — The African-American celebration of Kwanzaa kicked off at the Minnesota History Center.
The holiday has been honored for nearly 50 years. Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to seven basic principles focusing on family, and reconnecting with community and African culture.READ MORE: Plymouth Hospital Set To Close Temporarily As Nurses Go On Strike Over Fair Pay
The feast is a time for music, dance and crafts.READ MORE: Double Crash On I-35W Leaves 2 Dead
“I think it’s different for every family,” Marie Michael of Minneapolis said at the event. “For me personally, I think it’s important that it’s time that we spend together and talk about what the values mean to us, and who we want to be individually and as a family. And also, It’s creating the tradition of what Kwanzaa means for our family. So every family’s tradition for kwanzaa is different.”MORE NEWS: 2 Pedestrians Shot And Injured In South Minneapolis
Saturday marks the first day of the Kwanzaa celebration. It goes through New Year’s Day.