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Kwanzaa Symbols
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.14

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    candleholder, collard, gumbo, kinara, tumbler, wrapping, unity, tinsel, mouth-watering, celebration, easy, discover, likely, expect, appear, member
     content words:    For Kwanzaa, No Kwanzaa


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Kwanzaa Symbols
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     It's not always easy to tell that the seven days of Kwanzaa are coming. Kwanzaa begins on December 26. It's often hidden behind the tinsel and lights of Christmas. Many people celebrate both Christmas and Kwanzaa. Yet, there are sights, sounds, and smells that are special to Kwanzaa. Pay attention, and you may find some of them.
 
2     Kwanzaa means "first." It refers to the first fruits of the harvest, so you can expect fruits and vegetables to be symbols of Kwanzaa. A straw mat goes on the table; the produce is placed on top of it. For Kwanzaa, an ear of corn for each child in the family is placed on the mat. Apples, bananas, oranges, and potatoes - any fruit or vegetable that is available in winter - can be added to the mat.
 
3     The colors of Kwanzaa are red, green, and black. Red stands for the struggles of the past and present. Green stands for a good future. Black represents the rich skin color of people of African descent. The mat on the table will most likely have those colors woven into it. Candles in those colors will be used. The people may dress in those colors. Red, green, and black streamers, balloons, and banners appear. Wrapping paper even comes in red, green, and black! The handmade gifts that are given on the last day of Kwanzaa may be wrapped in Kwanzaa-colored paper.

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