Kwanzaa is a communal, cultural celebration that honors African-American people and their heritage. The holiday lasts seven days, starting December 26th, each one with a focus on a different principle:
Day 1. Umoja means unity.
Day 2. Kujichagulia means self-determination.
Day 3. Ujima means working together.
Day 4. Ujamaa means supporting each other.
Day 5. Nia means purpose.
Day 6. Kuumba means creativity.
Day 7. Imani means faith.
We will update here as we learn about more Kwanzaa celebrations in the Triangle for 2022/2023. These are all free, family-friendly events.
Together at Kwanzaa
The African American Dance Ensemble is presenting Together at Kwanzaa on Wednesday, December 28th, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m., at C3 at The Venue, 5293 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh. The free, family-friendly event will include a candle lighting ceremony, performances, food shopping and more.
Kwanzaa Fest in Durham
Kwanzaa Fest, held every January 1st in Durham, is back, on January 1st, 2023. Doors open at 12 p.m. and performances start at 2 p.m. It will be at Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street. This free event is presented by the African American Dance Ensemble. It will features performances, marketplace and a children’s village. The first 100 children will receive a goodie bag.
Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration
Check back soon for information on the Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Fayetteville Street, Durham. We will update the details when this event is announced.
Town of Cary’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
Check back soon for information on the 28th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration in Cary. We will update the details when this event is announced. It typically includes a traditional Kwanzaa ceremony and performances.
More Holiday Events in the Triangle
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