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Borderland Celebrations of Kwanzaa Begin

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 10:32pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 12:31pm

EL PASO, Texas — Kwanzaa is a week long celebration. Each day represents a different principle. If you don't know a lot about what the festivities mean, you're not alone.

"To be honest with you, I've never been to a Kwanza before, so this is something new for me," said Quashika Taylor.

Taylor was invited to sing at the McCall Neighborhood Center's 2012 celebration of Kwanzaa. It started in 1966, when Dr. Maulana Karenga created it. He calls it a deeply meaningful and special time of remembrance.

During each of the 7 days, a different principle is celebrated.

Day 1: Unity
Day 2: Self Determination
Day 3: Purpose
Day 4: Responsibility and Collective Work
Day 5: Cooperative Economics
Day 6: Faith
Day 7: Creativity

For the El Pasoans at the McCall Neighborhood Center Wednesday night, Kwanzaa's effects last more than just seven days, Kwanzaa is about being the best you can be everyday.

"It energizes us to know that it's not just one week thing it's an everyday thing," said Anna Howell, organizer of night's Kwanzaa events. " And unity more than anything and if we do not stick together ad be proud of who we are and what we do we will fail and we will fail our children".
 

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