Celebrate Kwanzaa in Nashville


Kwanzaa Nashville is set to host their Kwanzaa kick-off in partnership with Plaza Mariachi, located at 3955 Nolensville Pk on the first night, Umoja (Unity) on December 26, 2023 at 6pm. This free community event is the first ever for the organization and will truly bring in the spirit of unity.

The festivities will kick off with live performances by renowned artists, including Sankofa Drum & Dance, Shackled Feet, and more. It promises to be an unforgettable night filled with the vibrancy of our culture expressed through music, dance, and celebration. The event will take place at Plaza Mariachi, a venue that perfectly complements the richness of the Kwanzaa experience.

But that’s not all – immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry of Kwanzaa with over 50 Black local vendors offering a taste of heritage and delicious treats. From unique handmade crafts to mouth-watering culinary delights, our vendors will enhance the celebration of Umoja.

Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26-January 1 and for the next six nights of Kwanzaa, you are encouraged to restore the tradition of hosting Kwanzaa in your home. People are encouraged to align with their individual communities and families to engage in thoughtful conversations around each principle. You can purchase your Kwanzaa kit here.

To attend this incredible event, make sure to submit your free RSVP and secure your spot by visiting this link.

Kwanzaa is an African American and pan-Atrican holiday that celebrates family, community and culture. It was created in
1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana Studies. The ideas and concepts of Kwanzaa are expressed in the Swahili language, one of the most widely spoken languages in Africa. The celebration is a seven-day cultural festival that begins December 26 and ends January 1.

During the holiday, families and communities organize activities around the seven principles that form its core from communitarian values found throughout the African continent.

These principles are: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Kwanzaa gets its name from the Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza” and is rooted in first fruit celebrations which are found in cultures throughout Africa both in ancient and modern times.

For more information, please visit: https://www.kwanzaanashville.com/

Sources: Kwanzaa Nashville and National Museum of African American History & Culture

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