NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tuesday is the start of Kwanzaa.
The week-long celebration honors African heritage and highlights the importance of family and community.READ MORE: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser
The celebration focuses on seven guiding principles. The first day focuses on unity. Each day has a different theme, including self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.READ MORE: Little Staten Island Boy Who Battled Cancer Gets A Lift From Area Stop & Shops, And You, Too, Can Help
“I think it’s important to learn about ancestry and community,” one parent attending a Kwanzaa celebration at the African Burial Ground National Monument told 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern. “So I want to make sure the kids learn about this now, and hopefully take it forward in their lives.”
Kwanzaa ends January 1 with a feast and gifts.MORE NEWS: Bitter Cold And Biting Winds Have Tri-State Feeling Like 'A Freezer'