Celebrate Kwanzaa this Season with Family and Fun
By Meg Berno

Celebrate Kwanzaa this Season with Family and Fun

After the last present is unwrapped on Christmas Day, people are already looking for their next holiday fix.  With the celebration of Kwanzaa, you don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to stay in the spirit. 

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that pays tribute to the history, heritage and culture of African-Americans and descendants of Africa across the world, that began December 26 with a list of festivities including a candle lighting ceremony, and culminates on January 1 with a feast and gift giving.  Each of the days focuses on seven principles from Swahili terms, Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility) Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).

In Ohio there are a number of ways to celebrate this Kwanzaa tradition with your family and friends.  At the King Arts Complex in Columbus, December 28, Kwanzaa is observed with local legends, Tony and Azria West hosting a night of dance, drumming and delicious African cuisine.

In Cincinnati, join in a City Wide Kwanzaa Celebration at the Bi-okoto Drum & Dance Theatre, December 30.  There will be African drum and dance performances, spoken word, live music and vendors selling African gifts.

In Cleveland, the theme of Kwanzaa is “Voices in Unity” at a celebration with games, dinner and entertainment for the entire family on December 26. 


There’s a greeting repeated each day of Kwanzaa, “Habari Gani,” Swahili for “What’s the News?”  This year, let your answer be, “I am celebrating Kwanzaa!”


About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.