Kwanzaa celebration begins in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People around the Lowcountry and the world are participating in the annual Kwanzaa celebration.

The week-long observance runs through Jan. 1 and celebrates the African culture. Each day is dedicated to celebrating a specific principal.

It kicked off Friday night in Marion Square with the lighting of the first of seven candles.

Kwanzaa was founded 48 years ago as a celebration of African heritage. At the core of its philosophy are seven principles. While the holiday isn't a religious one, those who participate in it say it's spiritual for them.

The first day is dedicated to Umoja, the Swahili word for "unity." The remaining six principles are self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

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