(CNN) – Thursday is the first day of Kwanzaa. The weeklong holiday is a celebration of african-american culture focusing on family and community.
Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
A candle is lit every night on a Kinara, a seven-branched candelabra.
On December 31st there is a feast known as the Karamu taking place before the holiday wraps up on January 1st.
Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by a pan-african studies professor at California State University.