Holiday Happenings, City Picks

Lighting of the First Kwanzaa Kinara Candle

When: Fri., Dec. 26, 5-6 p.m. 2014

When you really think about it, the holidays are all a numbers game. Hanukkah gets eight nights, Christmas 12, and Kwanzaa celebrates seven. Friday marks the first night of Kwanzaa, and the Holy City will commemorate it with a special ceremony and the lighting of the first Kinara candle in Marion Square. For the next six days, a new candle on the Kinara will be lit. Each represents one of the seven core principles of Kwanzaa. At the lighting, Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, College of Charleston professor will discuss the principals and history of Kwanzaa with attendees. “Kwanza is a celebration created by and for African-descended communities, says Dr. Ofunniyin. “We invite the whole Charleston community to participate.” In addition, people can enjoy the music and movements of drummers and dancers who will take part in the celebration. Following the lighting of the first candle, there will be a number of events until Jan. 1 to celebrate, including discussions and celebrations of the different principles of Kwanzaa. On the last day, the Karamu, or feast, will be held at the Ferndale Community Center. There will be African drumming and dance as well as various performing groups, readings, and children’s arts and crafts.

Mia Mendez

Price: Free

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