The African American holiday Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions around the world. The holiday is observed from December 26 to January 1, typically culminating in a communal feast. Celebratory aspects of Kwanzaa include gifts (zawadi), symbolic foods, and a seven-branched candle holder (kinara) holding red, black, and green candlesticks that are lit each night.
The menu can range broadly depending on family traditions—classic African-American soul food is popular, as are dishes from every point of the African diaspora.
Kwanzaa is a time to gather, reflect, and enjoy delicious food with people we love. Try some of our favorite dishes to share with your family this season.