Holidays and Traditions
Swahili to English
What does Kwanzaa mean?
Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday celebrated primarily in the United States, honoring African heritage,
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The word is related to Swahili "kwanza" meaning "first".
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What does the word collective work and resposibility mean to Kwanzaa?
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What is the subject of in Swahili Kwanzaa means first fruits of the harvest?
What does the word Kwanzaa mean?
Kwanzaa is the name of an African-American holiday that began in 1966. According to the creator of the holiday, Karenga, the name "Kwanzaa" derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest", although a more conventional translation would simply be "first fruits. The word "kwanzaa" itself resembles Swahili but is not an actual Swahili word.