NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Saturday marks the first day of Kwanzaa.
The weeklong celebration of African heritage began in 1966 with the observance of seven core principles, highlighting traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement.READ MORE: Doctors Seeing More Neck, Back Pain Related To Working From Home
Saturday’s principle is unity. Each night, there’s a candle lighting ceremony to discuss the meaning of Kwanzaa.READ MORE: Harrison School District Taking Action To Bring All Students Back Into Classrooms Full Time In Coming Weeks
In New York City, the African Burial Ground National Monument celebrated the start of the holiday with a ceremony featuring music, speakers and performances.
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