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Kwanzaa Celebration


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Dec 26 - Dec 29, 2017[days & times]
  • WHERE WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

WorldBeat Cultural Center presents its 37th annual Kwanzaa celebration.

Each day will feature ceremonial candle lighting and libation with live drumming Kwanzaa, poetry reading by Johnnierenee Nia Nelson, Karamu – the traditional feast (vegetarian African American soul food) (free), “Celebrating 50 Years of Kwanzaa” gallery exhibition will remain open for tours.

Doors Open 6 p.m., program begins at 6:30 p.m. Free event for all.

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrated from the 26th of December to the 1st of January. WorldBeat Center will be celebrating 4 of the 7 days of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called “the first-fruits” celebrations which were times of harvest, in gathering, reverence, commemoration, re-commitment and celebration.

Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzu Saba, the “seven principles of African Heritage” which Karenga said “is a communitarian African philosophy”.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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