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Celebrate Kwanzaa 2013 with your family in NYC!

This year, Kwanzaa takes place from December 26 to January 1. Here are some Kwanzaa 2013 celebrations that your family won't want to miss.

  • Photograph: Shahar Azran

    How to celebrate Kwanzaa with kids in New York City

    Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night

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  • How to celebrate Kwanzaa with kids in New York City

    Kwanzaa 2012: First Fruits of the Harvest

  • How to celebrate Kwanzaa with kids in New York City

    Kwanzaa 2012: First Fruits of the Harvest

  • Photography courtesy AMNH/R. Mickens

    How to celebrate Kwanzaa with kids in New York City

    Kwanzaa 2012: First Fruits of the Harvest

Photograph: Shahar Azran

How to celebrate Kwanzaa with kids in New York City

Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night


Kwanzaa 2013, the holiday founded in 1966 that celebrates African and African-American heritage and culture, begins on December 26 and runs through January 1. As always, NYC is brimming with ways for families to tap into the holiday's themes of rejuvenation, restoration and affirmation.

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The Apollo Theater is once again hosting its Regeneration Night (Fri Dec 27 at 7:30pm), an evening of song and dance featuring Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, with special guests inclucing Abiodun and Babatunde of the Last Poets, Michael Wimberly, Yacouba Sissoko and F the Elemental. The AMNH opens its doors for its 35th annual Kwanzaa celebration (Sat Dec 28 noon–5pm) with dance and theatrical performances—including a Supremes medley by the cast of Motown: The Musical (12:30pm)—arts-and-crafts and food vendors at the International Marketplace (noon–4pm); and a screening of the documentary The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration (4pm). For a more low-key experience, head to the Brooklyn Children's Museum of its Brooklyn Families Celebrate: Kwanzaa festivities (Sat Dec 28 1–4pm). There you can learn all about the holiday's seven principles, take in an African dance workshop with Iris Wilson (1:30pm) and participate in a craft-making session. Finally, the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance hosts its own Kwanzaa Family Celebration (Sun Dec 29 at 11:30am), where Wilson will lead participants through the holiday's seven principles with music, dance and a candle-lighting ceremony. Happy Kwanzaa to all!


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