Habari gani? If that reads like gobbledy gook to you, this is the Kwanzaa primer you need.

Every year Kwanzaa comes around, you swear you’re going to learn a thing or two about it.

Read these quick cliffnotes and you’ll be the cool kid at the dinner party this year with actual facts about Kwanzaa. When your white co-workers inevitably try to seem “woke” and ask you how your Kwanzaa was, you can hit Susan with a “Well, actually…”

Back
Next

It’s Not ‘Black Christmas’

(Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Kind of like your bougie cousin, Kwanzaa is spiritual/cultural, but not religious. It does start the day after Christmas though.

Kwanzaa lasts from December 26th to January 1st. The purpose of Kwanzaa is to celebrate and honor the African roots of African Americans and to strengthen family and communal bonds. Many families celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Day.

Back
Next