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Kwanzaa celebrations begin

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Posted at 10:20 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 22:20:59-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Saturday marked the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration of African-American and Pan-African culture.

In Lexington, the Lyric Theatre is adapting its celebration this year to help people observe at home due to the pandemic.

They provided take-home educational kits for families focusing on Kwanzaa.

The theater is using social media to share pictures and videos.

Creativity, or "Kuumba," is the sixth principle of Kwanzaa.

Executive Director Whit Whitaker says this year that principle means even more.

"The pandemic has caused everyone especially in the arts and nonprofits realm to reach deep down and become more creative as far as having meetings like this or presenting offerings to stay connected," said Whitaker. "This year, Kuumba for sure is going to be very relevant and truly exemplify the spirit of this pandemic."

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also shared some of her own childhood Kwanzaa memories this morning on Twitter.

She says her favorite principle is self-determination.