LONG BEACH, CALIF. USA -- Taharka Anderson, left, and his brother,
Adisa Anderson light a candle during the Kwanzaa celebration at the Long Beach, Calif., Senior Center on December 26, 2010.
Kwanzaa created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (Ron Karenga) and is a weeklong celebration honoring African-American heritage and culture. It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. Each of the seven candles stand for different principals of Kwanzaa. They are; Umoja (Unity),
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
Photo by Jeff Gritchen / Long Beach Press-Telegram