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Datebook: December 26 – Kwanzaa Begins

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Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the U.S. honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as lighting seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift-giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966. Karenga said his goal was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase ‘matunda ya kwanza,’ meaning first fruits of the harvest. The seven principles are: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Happy Kwanzaa!

It’s Monday, December 26

The National Quilt Museum exhibit “Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters” is on display through March. The quilts show the artistic journey of three internationally recognized fiber artists. This exhibit was inspired by the Smithsonian Exhibition Journey Stories coming to Murray State’s Wrather Auditorium in Late January. The Quilt Museum’s open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5 at 215 Jefferson in Paducah.

If the spirit moves you, donate 2011 Christmas presents in original packaging for Angels Attic’s 2012 Christmas Bazaar. All proceeds benefit the Angels Clinic in Murray. Angels Attic is at 972 Chestnut Street open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with donations accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 to 5. Call for pick up of large donations or yard sale leftovers.

The 84th Annual Charity League Snowball is Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Country Club of Paducah. Music by 24/7. Email charityleagueofpaducah@gmail.com for $40 tickets with proceeds supporting Easter Seals West Kentucky and other charities benefitting children.

See details at wkms.org. Happy listening!

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