The first U.S. postage stamp
commemorating Kwanzaa. Issued in 1997.
Relatively recent, created in 1966, Kwanzaa is an African-American and African-Canadian celebration of African heritage that starts on December 26 and runs till January 1. This is not an alternative to any Christmas or post-Christmas celebration; it is a day of African pride, a day that stands on its own and celebrates seven principles of umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith).
See also: “The Black Candle”