Personally, I don't celebrate Kwanzaa, not that it's a bad thing to celebrate. It's more about how and where I was raised . I am from LA (lower Alabama) need I say more. So this celebration was never mentioned or practiced in my community back in the day.
The only holiday we celebrated in December was Christmas. That's what I love about America, you can choose which holidays to celebrate and which religions to practice. Therefore, if you want to celebrate Kwanzaa by all means do so.
It' almost impossible for us to disconnect spirituality from our culture. It seems as if it's one and the same. Kwanzaa, a nonreligious holiday created in the 1960s to celebrate African-American culture, is increasingly taking on a spiritual dimension as Christians and Muslims blend Kwanzaa traditions with aspects of their faith. Kwanzaa, is a seven-day celebration that begins Dec. 26 and ends Jan 1.
It was developed in the wake of the Watts Riots in 1966 by activist and California State University professor Maulana Ron Karenga as a way to emphasize black culture and pride. But what started as an intentionally non-religious holiday is taking on a religious hue as more churches - Roman Catholic and Protestant, traditionally African-American have adopted the holiday.
That has sparked debate within some Christian communities that Kwanzaa, with its secular emphasis, has no place in church. At the same time, more public schools have begun to include Kwanzaa in December celebrations and lessons, angering parents who complain that it is unfair to include Kwanzaa while "watering down" the religious meanings of Christmas and Hanukah.
The official Kwanzaa website, however, maintains that Kwanzaa is a "cultural choice" distinct from religious observance. Who celebrates Kwanzaa and why? Does it belong in the public school curriculum? How true has Kwanzaa remained to its original principle of black pride? What role does it play in churches?