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Celebrating Kwanza

Christmas may be over but the holidays are still being celebrated.

Thursday was the first day of Kwanza. The holiday originated in Africa in 1966 but is celebrated throughout the world.

On Friday, The Discovery Center held a two hour celebration of Kwanza. Children and families danced and sang with an African Drum group from Binghamton University. The holiday is a celebration of family and ancestry.

"It's not a religious holiday it's a cultural experience. It's not to substitute as Christmas as some people think. You can have any religion and follow Kwanza," Patricia McHerrin 2nd VP of NAACP Broome-Tioga.

"Especially for The Discovery Center, we're a place where kids can come and have a safe opportunity to learn about new cultural experiences. It's those sorts of memories that get them interested in learning about new things in general," Gabrielle Wayman, Educator at the Center said.

Kwanza ends January 1st. Each day a candle is lit symbolizing seven principals. A few of the principals recognized are unity, self determination and creativity.

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