Kwanzaa is a Cultural Celebration in Pasadena

KNX 1070
December 27, 2019 - 2:00 pm

People packed into a library in Pasadena Friday to celebrate Kwanzaa.

 "If we don't tell the young people and try to help them to understand, who is going to tell them?" says Esther Sherrod Watkins, with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter, which helps to put on this annual event.

"It is not a religious holiday. It's not a Christmas celebration, it's a cultural celebration," she said.

"Habari gari..."

That's the greeting in Swahili followed by "self-determination" the principle celebrated on this, the second of the seven days of Kwanzaa.

"This is 53rd year anniversary of the holiday of Kwanzaa. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 and it is a holiday where we celebrate family, community and culture."

"We pour libation to recognize and remember our ancestors." 

People in the crowd were invited to call out the names of people who taught them to be kind, speak truth and do justice.