Kwanzaa celebration is Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Kwanzaa will be officially honored in a public ceremony in Downtown Salisbury on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., courtesy of local nonprofit group Salisbury Kwanzaa Club.

Kwanzaa is a weeklong annual celebration created to honor African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

The cultural tradition focuses on seven key principles that reinforce community– unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

A large-scale Kwanzaa candleholder, also known as a kinara, has been created and is on display along with the city of Salisbury’s holiday tree, and a Hanukkah Menorah courtesy of Beth Israel Temple.

Salisbury Kwanzaa Club will take responsibility for the nightly lightings, and invites the public to join on Saturday for an opening night ceremony in front of the city of Salisbury parking garage. The opening night ceremony will include guest speakers, giveaways and special performances – and will honor all seven key principles of Kwanzaa.

“Kwanzaa is about community”, said Salisbury Kwanzaa Club founder Demetria Leonard. “Anyone can celebrate Kwanzaa. The seven principles of Kwanzaa, and the revitalization that the city of Salisbury has been experiencing recently are connected. Remembering those principles as a community will help us reach new heights.”

Kwanzaa creator Dr. Maulana Karenga was born in Wicomico County has said he is pleased to hear a public celebration has been scheduled near his hometown.

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