The Annual Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration is coming up soon. This grand event has been a tradition in Cincinnati for over 40 years and is an opportunity to bring families and communities together again. It is also a time to celebrate the “first fruits” and the seven principals of Kwanzaa: i.e. Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work & Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Nia, Kuumba, Imani.

The Annual Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration is filled with powerful, inspirational, educational and historical presentations. There will also be positive and uplifting live entertainment including dance, singing and spoken word, as well as community awards and recognition.

The Cincinnati Kwanzaa Committee is honored to host its Annual Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration at the Carl Lindner YMCA on Tuesday December 26. The doors will open to the public at 3 p.m. with The Kwanzaa Holiday Bazaar Marketplace for all of your holiday shopping specialties.

Join the event also for children African drum workshops, West African dance classes, African style-head wrapping presentations, fashions from the motherland and a health and wellness presentation along with a Taste of Africa Cuisine.

The traditional Kwanzaa celebration will begin at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Cincinnati Citywide Kwanzaa Committee is excited to announce that we will be hosting seven days of Kwanzaa at the following locations: Day 1 of Kwanzaa Umoja is on Tuesday December 26th the kick off of the holiday will be at the Carl Lindner YMCA at 1425 Linn Street from 3pm to 8 p.m. Day 2 of Kwanzaa Kujichagulia on Wednesday December 27th will be at Sweet Sister Splash at 1218 Sycamore Street- from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The celebration of Kwanzaa Ujima day 3 will be Thursday December 28th at the Avondale Public Library from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Day 4 of Kwanzaa Ujamaa takes place Friday December 29th at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County on 800 Vine Street from 3 to 5 p.m. Kwanzaa Nia is Saturday December 30th at Rockdale Academy School at 335 Rockdale Avenue from noon until 5 p.m. Day six’s celebration of Kwanzaa Kuumba will be Sunday December 31st at the Lion’s Den Cultural Center at 7617 Reading Road from 3 to 8 p.m. Day 7 is Kwanzaa Imani on Monday January 1, 2018 with a celebration at the Federation of Colored Women’s Club House at 1010 Chapel Street from 3 to 7 p.m. We would like to offer a special thanks to the various businesses and organizations who have opened their locations and businesses to host this historical celebration. For additional information about the celebration of Kwanzaa you can go online to the Official website for Kwanzaa. Thank you to the Cincinnati Citywide Kwanzaa Committee. Please send emails and questions to or contact us at (513)-742-2808 or (513)-225-2355.

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