Light up your Jan. 1 with a celebration of Kwanzaa

If you and your family are seeking a meaningful and celebratory activity on the first day of 2015, there still is time to come together and start the new year by marking the last day of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa, a week long commemoration of African-American history and culture, runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, when it traditionally ends in a feast and the exchange of gifts. Kinetics Fitness and the Highland Park Human Relations Committee will hold the Kwanzaa celebration from 2-4 p.m. Thursday at Kinetics Fitness, 409 Raritan Ave.

The Kwanzaa ceremony will include refreshments and a ceremonial lighting of the kinara, the seven virtues of African-American life celebrated during the holiday. The event is free and open to the public.

First celebrated in 1966-67, Kwanzaa was established to help black Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage. The holiday since has spread to Canada as well.


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