Kwanzaa ends January 1 with a feast and gifts.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump released a statement commemorating Kwanzaa, the seasonal holiday celebrated by many African-Americans that begins on December 26 and runs through New Year's Day.
Celebrations for Kwanzaa often include song and dance, African drums, storytelling and reading poetry, and a large traditional meal. Though he does not celebrate it as a regular holiday, Hamilton said he supports the principles of Kwanzaa, which are represented by the candles of the seven-branched kinara. The name comes from a Swahili phrase, "matunda ya kwanza", which means "first fruits of the harvest", according to Infoplease.More news: Facebook Facial Recognition Wants to Manage Your Identity
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Obama used similar language spotlighting African-American values in his other presidential statements about Kwanzaa-and his comments caught Trump's wrath years ago. The final line of the blog was a quote suggesting that Kwanzaa, like the Seinfeld-inspired Festivus, was a "fake holiday".
On the first night, a child lights the black candle in the middle, and the family discusses the principle of unity. Kwanzaa is the celebration of a culture, not a religion.
In addition to lighting the kinara, Kwanzaa ceremonies come with food, which can range from African creole, Cajun catfish and West Indian jerk chicken, to collard greens, gumbo and black-eyed- peas.
He struck a similar note in 2015, writing, "Kwanzaa's seven principles-unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith-are also shared values that bind us as Americans".