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On Dec. 26, millions throughout the world’s African community will start weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa. There will be daily ceremonies with food, decorations and other cultural objects, such as the kinara, which holds seven candles. At many Kwanzaa ceremonies, there is also African drumming and dancing.\n\nIt is a time of communal self-affirmation – when famous black heroes and heroines, as well as late family members – are celebrated.