Some Bronx families gather to honor African values as Kwanzaa begins

(12/26/04) THE BRONX - The holidays are not finished yet for some Bronx residents. Some of them began celebrating the seven-day event called Kwanzaa on Sunday.

The holiday is a time when families gather to honor African values. Each day a candle is lit, representing one of the seven principles -- unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

A professor at a California university created the non-religious, non-political holiday in 1966. Kwanzaa ends on New Year's Day.

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