Kwanzaa is a cultural festival, observed by many African Americans and other cosmopolitans, that extends from Dec. 26th through Jan. 1st. Tasneem Grace Tewogbola and her daughter, Yemurai, 4, of Syracuse, share the lighting of candles. During Kwanzaa, they are lit every day until all seven are burning. Each day a different principle is celebrated to give family and community strength for the coming year.
In addition to Bodhi Day, Chinese Food and Movie Day, Diwali, Festivus, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Krampusnacht, and many other ancient "festivals of light" to counter the impending winter darkness and doldrums, there is Kwanzaa, the newest of all such celebrations. It is a wonderful addition to the atheist ad campaign season. The season of giving and greed is the best chance American and Japanese merchants have of, paradoxically, getting back in the black.