December is a month of many celebrations and one of them, which students at Aspen Elementary recently learned about, is Kwanzaa. It is a holiday celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1, and it’s a week of festivities honoring African American culture and heritage. Friends and family gather each day to give thanks, exchange gifts, and share feasts.
Jordan School District Language and Culture Services Director Michelle Love-Day spent time teaching Aspen Elementary students about Kwanzaa and how families who celebrate often wear traditional African clothing during that week. African artwork is often displayed in homes, and on the last day of Kwanzaa, families celebrating the holiday enjoy a big feast! There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, among them, unity and self-determination.
It was also an opportunity for students to share stories about their own cultural backgrounds and traditions.v