Kwanzaa, a family celebration started in the 1960s, was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community. Here are some Kwanzaa celebrations and observances you can attend in the Puget Sound area.

Christmas and Kwanzaa Bazaar
Saturday, December 15 through Monday, December 24
Life Enrichment Bookstore
5023 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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Shop for African Baskets, Kwanzaa Sets, African Clothing, Mudcloth Hats, Books, Kwanzaa Cards and much more.

Festivals of Light: Exploring Kwanzaa
Wednesday, December 26 through Monday, December 31
10:00am – 5:00pm
Seattle Children’s Museum
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Festivals of Light explores a Kwanzaa holiday celebration for a typical family. Children explore the food, decorations, games, activities and music associated with the holiday as they step into a “household” amidst their celebration. The kid-sized dwelling space of a family includes the kitchen and living room, a family craft table and a reading space. Plus, on Thursday, December 27 at 11:00am, come enjoy the movements of Ghanaian dance with Amma Anang and live music provided by Kofi Anang.

Kwanzaa Celebration
Thursday, December 27
St. Edward Parish
4205 S. Orcas Street
Seattle, WA 98118

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Kwanzaa Celebration
Friday, December 28
St. John Bosco Catholic Church
10508 112th St SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Kwanzaa Mass
Saturday, December 29
Parish of the Holy Spirit
327 Second Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032

A Kwanzaa Celebration
Sunday, December 30
Seattle Unity Church
200 Eighth Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Hosted by the Umoja Study Group (Umoja is Unity in Swahili), come for a special Kwanzaa celebration! There will be a potluck feast at 12:15pm followed by a lively program at 1:00pm with music, drumming, and a presentation of Kwanzaa principles.

Kwanzaa Mass and Reception
Sunday, December 30
Immaculate Conception
820 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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Come for a special Mass to celebrate Kwanzaa, a celebration of family, community and culture. A reception will follow.