Luther College invites community to learn about Kwanzaa

Luther College students and community members are gathering to learn about Kwanzaa in two events held on campus Dec. 8-9. Kwanzaa is an African-American cultural holiday that celebrates family, community and culture.

Students will share readings and brief quotes from African-American voices in chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life, on the Luther campus. Chapel services are open to the public with no charge for admission.

The Luther College Diversity Center will host Kwanzaa dinner program at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Peace Dining Room. The dinner is open to the public; tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children, and are available at the Diversity Center until Dec. 6.

Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. On each of the seven nights, families gather and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder). One of the seven principles of African culture is discussed following each candle lighting. The seven principles include unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

This annual event is an opportunity for community members to share and engage in diverse traditions and enjoy performances.

For more information on the evening program contact Luther's Diversity Center, (563) 387-1014.

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Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.