Sure, you know Kwanzaa exists. You may even know what it's about. But do you know what it looks like? Here, have a look.
Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that begins annually on Dec. 26 and lasts until Jan. 1. It was created to be the first African American holiday.
The holiday was created by activist and professor Maulana Karenga around 1966 to "give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society."
The official holiday greeting is "Joyous Kwanzaa."
Kwanzaa features seven core principles, with each of the seven days honoring one principle. The principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Symbols of Kwanzaa include a decorative mat, corn, a candle-holder with seven candles, a communal cup, gifts, a poster of the seven principles, and a flag.
Kwanzaa decorations include colorful, African cloths and fresh fruit. Women wear kaftans.
Children are included in Kwanzaa ceremonies, and respect is paid to ancestors.
A Kwanzaa ceremony typically features music (especially drumming), drinking from the aforementioned communal cup, and a candle-lighting ritual.
Kwanzaa culminates in a feast and gift-giving.