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A collection of brightly colored Easter eggs.
Cultural Holidays
  1. Chinese New Year
  2. Super Bowl Sunday
  3. Valentine’s Day (February 14)
  4. Groundhog Day
  5. Black History Month (February)
  6. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
  7. April Fools’ Day (April 1)
  8. Easter
  9. Passover (April)
  10. Cinco de Mayo (May 5)
  11. Mother’s Day (Second Sunday in May)
  12. Father’s Day (Third Sunday in June)
  13. Halloween (October 31)
  14. Ramadan
  15. Kwanzaa
  16. Hanukah
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Woman standing in front of a large stamp
Painter Synthia Saint James stands next to a poster of her Kwanzaa painting which was made into a United States postage stamp.
Photo Courtesy of Synthia Saint James. Photo by Leroy Hamilton.
Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by some African-Americans between December 26 and January 1. It is not a federal U.S. holiday. Kwanzaa is a cultural festival, bringing together various harvest traditions celebrated in Africa. The term “kwanza” is from the Swahili language common to East Africa. The Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza means “first fruits”. Kwanzaa was created as a celebration of “Black Pride” in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a university professor specializing in African-American studies. For each day during the seven-day Kwanzaa festival, one of seven principles are celebrated. The principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
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