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Decorating Tips for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa Kinera

Celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa throughout your home. Use traditional symbols like the Bendera Ya Taifa — the traditional Kwanzaa flag — to decorate your walls, along with African masks and painted ceramic bowls.

Kwanzaa Decorations

Kwanzaa is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 in honor of African-American cultural heritage and traditional values. Make homemade Kwanzaa decorations using the traditional colors of red, green and black. Draw inspiration for your décor from African and African-American crafts, paintings, sculptures, textiles, ceramics and photographs.

  • Hang the Bendera Ya Taifa on the wall.
  • Display Nguzo Saba — the seven principles of Kwanzaa — posters around your home. The seven principles of Kwanzaa are:
  1. Umoja (unity)
  2. Kujichagulia (self-determination)
  3. Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
  4. Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
  5. Nia (purpose)
  6. Kuumba (creativity)
  7. Imani (faith)
  • Paint the Nguzo Saba on pieces of wood, and display them on a mantel or bookshelf.
  • Scatter the symbols of Kwanzaa throughout your home by decorating with ears of dried corn and other traditional African crops. 
  • Display a kinara — a seven-branch candleholder representing African ancestors — on a table or another prominent place in the house. Don't forget to include the Mishumaa Saba, seven candles representing the seven principles.