Nia Cultural Center sponsors an annual celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. It focuses on family, community, and culture. It is based on the agricultural celebrations of Africa called “the first fruits” celebrations which were times of harvest, ingathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment, and celebration. Kwanzaa is a time of ingathering of African Americans for celebration of their heritage and their achievements, reverence for the Creator and creation, commemoration of the past, and recommitment to cultural ideals and celebration of the good. Kwanzaa focuses on fundamental collective values rooted in African culture and reflected in the best practices of African American people. Nia annually rewards Village Keepers and Distinguished Elders. Village Keeper Awardees work tirelessly and unselfishly without compensation for the good of the community. Distinguished Elder Awards go to individuals over fifty years old who have consistently and often quietly contributed to their community. The seven day celebration focuses on seven principles, or the Nguzo Saba: Unity (Umoja), Self Determination (Kujichagulia), Ujima (Cooperative Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Purpose (Nia), Creativity (Kuumba), and Faith (Imani).