Friday is the day after Christmas, but it’s also the first day of Kwanzaa. This celebration of African-American heritage runs for one week, culminating on January 1, and each day is a reflection on one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa – principles like unity, creativity and purpose. The holiday dates to the late 1960s and gained more popularity in the 80s and 90s. Some Triangle celebrations are entering their second decade, so the tradition, locally, is strong.• Hayti Heritage Center in Durham’s Kwanzaa event is Friday. The marketplace opens at 5 p.m., as do children’s workshops. At 7 p.m., the opening ceremony kicks off a weeklong celebration of family, community and culture with African dance and music. No one will be turned away, though there is a suggested donation of $3 for adults or $1 for children. Visit hayti.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-683-1709 for information.
• Tuesday morning and early afternoon, Cary holds its 20th Kwanzaa celebration at the Cary Arts Center. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be vendors and a children’s village, while the free festival closes with a performance by Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble. Visit townofcary.org or call Robbie Stone at 919-460-4969 to learn more.
• Durham parks and recreation’s Kwanzaa event is Tuesday at the Holton Career and Resource Center. There will be drum and dance performances by The Magic of African Rhythm and jazz by Al Strong Trio, while seven community members personifying the seven core values of the holiday will be honored. This celebration runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free. To learn more, visit durhamnc.gov/ich/op/prd or contact Alberto Carrasquillo at 919-354-2750.
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