Bronx residents prepare for the start of Kwanzaa

The celebrating will continue for some Bronx residents as Friday is the start of Kwanzaa.People have celebrated African-American heritage and values during Kwanzaa for almost four decades. Families get together to eat and share stories.The non-religious holiday celebrates a different principle of African culture for each of the seven days of Kwanzaa. The first day focuses on unity, the second day focuses on self-determination and the third day focuses on collective work and responsibility. The fourth day examines cooperative economics, the fifth day focuses on purpose and the sixth day highlights creativity. The final day is devoted to faith.The colors of Kwanzaa are red, black and green. Gifts are mainly given to children and include books and heritage symbols. Those observing Kwanzaa spend the seven days preparing for Karumu, the final feast, on December 31. The holiday ends with a gathering of friends, family and community.

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