Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from December 26th through January 1st, its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili, the most widely spoken African language.A traditional Kwanzaa celebration feast includes rich and comforting dishes such as fried okra, chicken & sausage gumbo, cornbread and collard greens. If you're looking for some new inspiration, check out some of these recipes from our expansive recipe collection opens in a new tab:
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