"Kwanzaa is an African-American, non-religious holiday created in 1966 that is celebrated from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Each day represents one of the seven principles collectively called the Nguzo Saba. Today, over 18 million people celebrate Kwanzaa in the United States, England, the Caribbean and Africa.

The Indianapolis Kwanzaa Committee invites the community to celebrate 41 years of culture at the annual Umoja Village Festival. This year’s celebration will be held at Martin University, 2171 Avondale Place, Dec. 26, 3-9 p.m. The Grand Procession will be led by Queenmother Awusi Noamesi II and the Candle Lighting Ceremony will began at 6:45 p.m. Father Boniface Hardin will light the Umoja Candle and share his wisdom on Umoja (unity). Visit the Afrikan Market Place and health booths, and experience cultural expression from the Iibada dancers, Midtown Writers, Kuumba Theater, Simba House, Tasha Jones, Mijiza, drummers and dancers. The Kwanzaa table will distribute information on family trees and how to celebrate Kwanzaa at home. This annual event is free for the entire family.

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