WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange African Heritage Organization has announced plans for its 16th Annual 
Kwanzaa Celebration to be held onThursday, December 18, at Washington Elementary School, 289 Main Street, from  6:30 – 9:00 PM.
The free event will feature a presentation of the “Nguzo Saba”, the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, and performances of dance, drumming and vocal selections by local talent.
 
 The word Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” which means “first fruits of the harvest”. 
 

Kwanzaawas created as a cultural holiday by Dr. Ron Karenga in 1966 in an effort to reflect the best of African thought and practice. Kwaanza is celebrated by millions around the world for a seven day period from Dec. 26 - Jan. 1.  Each day represents a separate and unique principle: The first day of Kwanzaa is Umoja (Unity), with the
remaining days being Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperatrive Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).
 
The community is invited to attend the free event and celebrate a traditional Kwanzaa Karamu (feast). Vendors will be on site for purchase of items.