Kwanzaa celebrations are unique to each family, but they often include storytelling, songs and dances, a large meal and African drums. On each of the seven nights of Kwanzaa, a child traditionally lights a candle on the ceremonial Kinara, or candleholder, and then one of Kwanzaa's seven principles is discussed.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa include unity, collective work and responsibility, self-determination, cooperative economics and purpose. Creativity and faith are principles as well.
Kwanzaa begins on December 26th, at which time a black candle is lit to symbolize unity, the basis of success. Kwanzaa ends on January 1st following an African feast on December 31st.