!!!HAPPY Kwanzaa!!!

@LadyMarissa (12165)
United States
December 26, 2009 6:18am CST
Here's wishing all my African American friends a VERY happy Kwanzaa!!! Not being African American, I know very little about this holiday. I remember back in 1966 when this celebration came into being. I've had many African American friends in the last 43 years, most of which didn't celebrate Kwanzaa. If you do celebrate Kwanzaa, I'm wishing you a BLESSED week!!!
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I have heard of Kwanzaa but never knew anything about it. I always thought it was for someone elses Christmas though. does it have to do with Christmas at all for the African American people?
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
29 Dec 09
I don't know about now; but, back in the 70's, Kwanzaa replaced Christmas for my African American friends. Kwanzaa lasts for about 7 days & they exchanged their gifts during that time. I think it starts the day after Christmas & goes through New Years. I don't know if Kwanzaa is still as popular as it was 30-40 years ago. Me & my African American friends exchanged gifts around Christmas. If any one of them had said I'd prefer to wait for Kwanzaa to exchange gifts, I would have honored their request, but they didn't!!!
• United States
27 Dec 09
I actually forgot today was Kwanzaa until my mom told me a few minutes ago. Happy Kwanzaa!
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
27 Dec 09
You have plenty of time to celebrate as Kwanzaa will last through New Years. Happy Kwanzaa back to you!!!
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
26 Dec 09
Happy Kwanza to everybody! w
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@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
26 Dec 09
You may say that I am African American well carribean to be exact and I dont even know much about Kwanza nor do I celebrate it but I thank you for your wishes and wish you a merry christmas too.Oh and thanks for the information ,I didnt know that Kwanza was such a recent holiday
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@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
26 Dec 09
Kwanzaa came along with the Civil Rights movement. It was supposed to give the African Americans a way to avoid celebrating the White American holiday of Christmas. It was a really big deal back in the 60s & 70s & was widely celebrated. It seems that as time has passed, the younger generations don't appreciate all the sweat & tears their forefathers had put into their freedom & it has become an obscure holiday. This happens to every culture as their elders begin to die off & the young people don't have the memories of the sacrifices made before they were born. I see it happening in my culture as holidays that were once precious no longer exist!!!
@callarse1 (4794)
• United States
30 Dec 09
Happy Kwanzaa. I know very little about this holiday. I will have to look in the encyclopedia (or wikipedia) as to what it entails. I don't know anyone who actually celebrates this holiday. What about my fellow myLotters?
• United States
30 Dec 09
Unfortunately I don't celebrate that holiday but dince you do i wish you a happy Kwanzaa! I don't know about the holiday neither, I've never heard of it actually. I seen it on the calender but that's it. Could you explain to people who don't know what that holiday is?