Happy Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa (/ˈkwɑːn.zə/) is an annual celebration of African-American culture that is held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a communal feast called Karamu, usually held on the 6th day. It was created by Maulana Karenga, based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966. At the heart of the celebration is the lighting of 7 candles. In 2008, the celebration was explored in The Black Candle, narrated by Maya Angelou in a film created by MK Asante. Find out more in this Behind the Scenes film from the American Film Institute.

And talking of celebratory light displays, here are some wonderfully illuminating photos sent in by members of The Arts Society, compiled by Pauline Stewart.

Wisley

Wisley

Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Inverleith House

Inverleith House

Guildford

Guildford

Exeter

Exeter

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Saltram

Saltram

Godalming

Godalming

Bishop Monkton

Bishop Monkton

Busbridge

Busbridge

Arlesford

Arlesford

Mousehole

Mousehole

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Our Societies support hundreds of local arts and heritage projects. Each day we highlight a grant given in 2021.

The Arts Society Hallamshire has awarded a grant to Sheffield Theatres Young Company which will go towards the production of a live production, ‘The Golden Fleece’- a meld of myth, humour and Northern grit. During the pandemic the Society also awarded them a grant to produce a poem online.

All donations from the Artvent Calendar will go towards The Arts Society’s grant giving fund, which awards grants to help preserve our artistic heritage, support the skills of artists and makers, and improve access to the arts for all.

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Comments

Well, I never knew that! I learned a lot today.
Lovely photos.
Thank you.

Margaret Lee Sun, 26/12/2021 - 10:32 Permalink

Well, I learned something new today about a different culture and tradition. So inspirational!

David Taylor Sun, 26/12/2021 - 09:37 Permalink

What a treat every day! I’ve learned so many new facts. Today Kwanzaa.
Thank you Arts Society for your inspirational Advent Calendar.

Hazel Bulpitt Sun, 26/12/2021 - 09:28 Permalink

Today's window was both beautiful and interesting.

Eileen Swift Sun, 26/12/2021 - 09:23 Permalink

What an interesting insight into something I did not know, learning every day something new. Happy Kwanzaa.

Muriel Lowe Sun, 26/12/2021 - 09:14 Permalink

We have so much to learn and share from all cultures and generations. Thank you.

Beatrice Sun, 26/12/2021 - 08:56 Permalink

I have enjoyed all the advent windows,especially today, with a festival, Kwanzaa, that I knew nothing about.
This has been a delight everyday. Thank you.

Heather Sun, 26/12/2021 - 08:35 Permalink

Every day a school day with The Arts Society. Loved it. Happy Kwanzaa everybody.

Liz Woods Sun, 26/12/2021 - 07:53 Permalink

Very interesting. Love the photos.

Genevieve Gillingham Sun, 26/12/2021 - 07:43 Permalink