Trump and Melania send warmest wishes for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa focuses on principles of unity, good in community

Trump and Melania send warmest wishes for Kwanzaa

On each of the seven nights, a child lights one of the seven candles that stand for a principle of African culture that contributes to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans.

Trump's three-sentence statement, issued Tuesday, contained similar language to Obama's previous remarks but included little of Obama's emphasis on the broader values of African-American heritage.

In New Haven, the Black and Hispanic Caucus of the city's Board of Alders invites the public to attend and participate in the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Tuesday at 5:30 the City Hall Atrium, 165 Church St. "'We say "Merry Christmas" again, very, very proudly, ' Trump added, repeating his position on saying 'Merry Christmas" over 'Happy Holidays'. From how long it lasts to its seven principles, here's what you need to know!

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump released a statement commemorating Kwanzaa, the seasonal holiday celebrated by many African-Americans that begins on December 26 and runs through New Year's Day.

Kwanzaa is Swahili and means "first fruits". To the contrary, Trump once used Kwanzaa to attack Barack Obama, smearing the former president with the false claim that he honored Kwanzaa while refusing to acknowledge the Christmas holiday.

Celebrations for Kwanzaa often include song and dance, African drums, storytelling and reading poetry, and a large traditional meal.

On the penultimate day, New Year's Eve, partakers celebrate with the Kwanzaa karamu, or feast, before exchanging gifts on the final day of the holiday, New Year's Day. The seven principles are: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). The first day focuses on unity. Kwanzaa is the celebration of a culture, not a religion.

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