Kwan·zaa also Kwan·za (kwänzə)
An African American cultural festival, celebrated from December 26 to January 1.
[From Swahili kwanza, first (respelled in English as kwanzaa to have seven letters, since there are seven traditional African virtuous principles celebrated by the holiday) in matunda ya kwanza, first fruits : matunda, plural of tunda, fruit + ya, possessive particle + kwanza, first (from kuanza, to begin : ku-, infinitive prefix + -anza, to begin + from Proto-Bantu *-gand-).]
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