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Kwanzaa was established in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an Author, Professor, and Chairman of the Black
Studies Program at California State University. It is an annual celebration observed by African Americans and
the wider Pan-African community. The observance takes place from December 26 to January 1 each year.
The name "Kwanzaa" originates from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," which translates to "first
fruits." This reflects the festival's focus on celebrating the first fruits of the harvest.
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