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.