Here are a few facts to help anyone that is curious and considering celebrating Kwanzaa It was created in 1966 by Pan-African activist and academic Maulana Karenga Kwanzaa is observed for seven days, and there is a different value for each day Kwanzaa is a secular holiday Kwanzaa is open to people of other cultures It is often celebrated along with Christmas Kwanzaa's dates weren't chosen because of Christmas or Hannukah, according to Karenga At the end of the week, gifts are exchanged and there's a feast
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Cook up a tasty Kwanzaa with these recipes

Kwanzaa kicks off this year on Dec. 26. Learn more about the holiday here, and read on for some recipes for the AJC archives to make your Kwanzaa tasty and fulfilling.

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22: Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional "kinara" candelabra during a preview of the 'Kwanzaa 2004: We Are Family' festival at the American Museum of Natural History December 22, 2004 in New York City.
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Elizabeth Kahura helps Lauryn Whitlock, 9, light a Kwanzaa candle at a Kwanzaa celebration at the Carver Museum. Jay Janner/AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2010
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These tofu sticks satisfy the holiday finger-food craving and taste similar to fried chicken. Creator Folami Prescott said many of them usually are gone before her guests arrive.

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