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…”

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Each Day Highlights a Different Principle

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Kwanzaa is seven days long and each day, rituals are performed (such as lighting candles in the kinara) to honor a different principle. The principles are: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (Faith).

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