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Kwanzaa Kicks Off Monday

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(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional "kinara" candelabra

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional “kinara” candelabra

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New Year's Eve South Florida Style

MIAMI (CBS4) – The celebration of Kwanzaa kicks off Monday night.

The holiday celebrates African-American culture and heritage through one of the seven principles: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity) and imani (faith), according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Kwanzaa lasts seven days and ends Jan. 1.

Here are some celebrations happening around South Florida this week.

Dec. 26th
Sankofa Returns
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave. Miami
6 p.m.

Dec. 28th
AALRC Celebrates Kwanzaa
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami
1 p.m. – 7.

Candle-lighting
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
2400 Charleston St., Hollywood
7 p.m..

Dec. 29th
Steel drumming, dance, drama and poetry
African American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
1 p.m.-7.

Candle-lighting and discussion
Washington Park Community Center
5199 Pembroke Road, Hollywood.
7 p.m.

A Kwanzaa Experience
Joseph Caleb Center Auditorium
5400 NW 22 Ave., Miami.
6:30 p.m.

Dec. 30th
FAMU Alumni Association’s Williams Woodard Legacy Kwanzaa Celebration
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave., Miami.
7 p.m.

Lessons on the principles of Kwanzaa:
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Parrish Hall
404 SW 3rd Ave., Delray Beach;
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 31st
Dance, storytelling and art exhibits
Bass Park
2750 NW 19th Street, Fort Lauderdale
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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