Do you have any idea what Kwanzaa is?
I have always been interested in other cultures and traditions, which is one of the reasons I studied humanities in college. I love to see what brings people joy, reverence, reflections, sorrow, nostalgia, and elation. December is a month that typically focuses on Christmas, and on Hanukkah to a smaller extent. But for years I’ve been hearing more references to Kwanzaa in pop culture than ever before, and I decided to do some research for an infographic about Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa (spelled Kwanza in African countries) is a non-religious holiday celebration of the harvest which runs from December 26th to January 1st. An estimated 18 million people worldwide and 5 million Americans (2.1% of U.S. adults) say they plan to celebrate Kwanzaa. It is a celebration of the harvest and African heritage. Customs include traditional music, dance, art and readings of prose or poetry with a focus on celebrating origins and ancestors.
One of the awesome parts of being a social media manager is leading the content strategies for our company blog. We use a lot of infographics to promote our blog and educate our readers. I wanted to find a topic that an infographic hadn’t been created for yet. It was fun to find out more about Kwanzaa, because most of what I knew about Kwanzaa was from this spoof video:
Do you celebrate Kwanzaa?
PS – A few people have asked me if Mormons celebrate Kwanzaa. As far as I know, very few do. It’s considered a secular holiday, and it honors traditions of African ancestry. Just as a Christian might make an observance of Passover, some Mormons observe Kwanzaa.