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Fri Dec 28 2018 (Updated 12/30/18)
Kwanzaa Takes on Special Meaning in California's Central Valley
Pan-African Celebration Includes Principles of Cooperative Work and Collective Economics
Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, celebrated from December 26 to January 1, that reclaims what was lost during the African holocaust, the sense of an African connection. It replies to the ongoing mental slavery experienced from the diaspora being culturally orphaned in the West.

As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message, which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. In California's Central Valley, Kwanzaa has been referred to as a "California grown ancient future holiday showcasing first fruits of the harvest continuing ancient traditions from the broader Pan African sacred science of agriculture."

For many people of African ancestry, Kwanzaa is a special time of the year to reflect, remember, and reconnect to ancient universal principles including cooperative work and collective economics. While some people privately identify and celebrate, others join with family and friends at home; still others engage in lively public community activities that display the vast diversity of the Pan-African experience.

photo 7th Day of Kwanzaa is Faith, Freedom is never Free... Honoring US Colored Troops | photo Wakanda Kwanzaa Umoja Celebration ~ Sacramento, CA | calendar 20th Anniversary California State Capitol Kwanzaa ~ Green the Church (Dec 29)

photo Matunda Ya Kwanzaa, First Fruits of the Harvest | photo Kwanzaa Comes to San Francisco (2010) | Official Kwanzaa Website
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