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Kwanzaa Celebration at The Discovery Center

Young and old of many cultures were celebrating Kwanzaa at the Discovery Center in Binghamton Friday.
Young and old of many cultures were celebrating Kwanzaa at the Discovery Center in Binghamton Friday.

The celebration included dance lessons from the Binghamton University Music Department under the direction of Professor James Burns. Families were taught traditional dances and songs from the African country of Ghana.

Kwanzaa was created in 1966 as a week-long holiday for African-Americans to celebrate their African heritage. Each day from December 26th through January 1st focuses on a different guiding principle such as unity, purpose, creativity and faith.

"Ancestry and culture and you have the different fabrics and the different foods. One food is called a beanie cake that the Africans make and we're going to make that today. We're just having a good time," said McHerrin.

During Kwanzaa, the seven candles of the kanara are lit to signify each of the principles.
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