Celebrating Kwanzaa

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Kwanzaa — starting December 26th and ending January 1st — is a celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture, and since it began in the midst of the Black Freedom Movement during 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the holiday also reflects practice and thought; therefore, the week-long festivity is dedicated to seven core principles, which translate to unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Each day focuses on one core principle by feasting and gift-giving, and Cliché has the perfect ideas for you this year for the holiday, so there’s no need to worry!

Party City:

Kwanzaa Table Set at Party City

Black, red, and green are Kwanzaa’s colors, and Party City has done a wonderful job of not only incorporating all three colors into their decorations, but they’ve also included the African-inspired graphics into their tableware and cutlery. Talk about a quick, easy, yet fun and festive way to celebrate! Looking for something different? Check out HGTV’s cool modern twist on decorating for the holiday here.

Whole Story:

Whole Foods Market Caramelized Plantains Dessert

Whole Foods Market Blog takes the guesswork out of what to make for this Kwanzaa, as writer Winnie Hsia shares delicious and mouth-watering recipes leaving you to sweat the small stuff — like which dish to make! The blog provides a wonderful variety of dishes, such as Chicken Gumbo with Fresh Orka and desserts like Caramelized Plantains. Now, it’s time to cook, bake, and impress! Oh, and here’s a link for those who might want to steal your recipes.

Gift Time:

Handmade Jewelry Etsy

Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, gift giving is undoubtedly the most taxing and demanding time of year. To make your gift shopping a little more easier, we found a ideas that will make your gifts authentic, thoughtful, and most importantly ideal to your budget. Etsy, as we all know, has a huge amount of talented artists — after all, we have referenced Etsy in some of our past posts, so definitely check out their website. They have tons of homemade, affordable, and gorgeous holiday pieces for Kwanzaa, and in speaking of which, we’ve fallen in love with this stunning Kwanzaa necklace and matching earrings retailing for $29.00 and made by Diane Tyler who is the shop owner of LadiDiJewelry.

Read more Holiday articles on ClicheMag.com

Celebrating Kwanzaa: Photos Courtesy of Party City, Whole Foods Market, LadiDiJewelry, and Featured Image: Euclid Library

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