African Americans gathered around the city for a weeklong celebration of Kwanzaa. Observed by an estimated 28 million people worldwide from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, the holiday is marked by storytelling, music and candle-lighting rituals.
This year, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bed Stuy, Park Slope and Flatbush held several festivities including the International African Arts Festival’s 47th annual Kwanzaa celebration. In lower Manhattan, there was a celebration of unity and “honoring the ancestors” at the African Burial Ground.
“This lets them know you haven’t forgotten about them,” master of ceremonies Cyril Innis said as attendees shouted out the names of departed family and friends. “This is all about unity.”
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