Come celebrate a global holiday with the Unitarian Church of Norfolk without leaving Hampton Roads.
The church will kick off its second annual pre-Kwanzaa Celebration and Bazaar with a 1-3 p.m. screening of the film, “The Black Candle,” a documentary about Kwanzaa, followed by the bazaar from 4 – 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public!
Click here for a trailer of the film:
Attendees will learn about the week-long holiday and its principles and enjoy delicious Southern-style seafood, vegan fare, baked goods and a wide range of unique gifts from local vendors just in time for the holiday shopping season! Hats, jewelry, scarves, buttons, natural skincare and more will be available for purchase.
Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration of community and cultural pride whose roots are tied to a traditional harvest festival.
“We put together this Kwanzaa celebration, not only to honor African American families, culture and tradition, but to make connections in our community, to show that the world is full of diverse customs. This program will give a glimpse of the variety of traditions in the wider world and is open to the community in the spirit of joyful celebration,” says organizer Tasha Dockery.
The Unitarian Church of Norfolk is an interfaith church that embraces diversity. Their members include Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist, agnostic and others.
Kwanzaa officially starts Dec. 26th and ends Jan. 1st. This year will mark the 51st anniversary of the first Kwanzaa celebration. Dr. Maulina Karenga, a Californian historian, is credited as the founder of the holiday in response to violence and unrest between police and African Americans following the Watts riots in Los Angeles.