Community celebrates Kwanzaa with dance, music and food

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Kwanzaa celebrations were held in West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Wellington on Friday.

In the plaza in downtown West Palm Beach, local dance and drummers showcase their skills while teaching the community about the festival and African culture.

Afrique Ngozi Dance and Drum company organizers say the goal is to bring young girls together through the arts and help achieve diversity in Palm Beach County.

The group also performed on Riviera Beach and Wellington.

Kwanzaa has seven days, and each day has a different meaning.

Friday, the 5th day, represents purpose.

Other days are for unity, self-determination, group work and responsibility, cooperative economy, creativity, faith.

In Riviera Beach, the third annual Kwanzaa celebration was hosted by Councilwoman Shirley Lanier.

Celebrations include food, music, dancing and opportunities to educate people about the meaning of Kwanzaa.

“Kwanzaa is about reconnecting people of African descent with their original traditions and values,” Karim Balov, one of the organizers, said in a Riviera Beach Facebook post. “The seven principles of Kwanzaa are designed to lead us to excellence, and we need to embrace them.”