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Kwanzaa

24 Kwanzaa Trivia Questions: Get Your Kinara Ready!

Are you a Kwanzaa fanatic who looks forward to celebrations every year? Do you know everything about the history of Kwanzaa, from its language of origin to present day traditions? Are you ready to prove that knowledge? Take this Kwanzaa trivia quiz and find out how much you really know about this holiday. 

Now that Kwanzaa is widely celebrated around the United States and other countries, there’s no excuse to not learn about the traditional African American Holiday. With seven basic principles of living and celebration, Kwanzaa is a beautiful tradition and deserves to be celebrated and respected all over. 

Of course, you don’t want to leave your family and community out of this! Bring these Kwanzaa trivia questions and answers to your next Kwanzaa celebration to see who has the most knowledge of the holiday and who is a Kwanzaa newbie. 

Need more trivia? Check out our Christmas, Cinco de Mayo quiz or Chinese New Year trivia quizzes. We’ve also got Hanukkah and Easter holiday trivia too. 

What does the term “Nia”, which is one of the principles of Kwanzaa, translate to?

Community

Purpose

Responsibility

Family

How many principles are there when celebrating Kwanzaa?

5 Principles

7 Principles

3 Principles

9 Principles

What kind of holiday is Kwanzaa?

A Cultural Holiday

A War Victory

None Of These

A Religious Holiday

Kwanzaa was established as an alternative to which of the following holidays?

Christmas

Easter

Thanksgiving

Hanukkah

In 1997, Kwanzaa was honored with its first what?

International festival

Presidential proclamation

U.S. postage stamp

Cultural exhibition

Which type of shirt is traditionally worn during Kwanzaa celebrations?

Dashiki

Guayabera

Kimono

Poncho

What does the singular black candle represent during the Kwanzaa celebration?

Faith

Crops

The African People

Death

What do the green candles represent during Kwanzaa?

Hope For Future

Struggle

Purpose

Self-Determination

How many red candles are present during Kwanzaa?

5 Red Candles

1 Red Candle

7 Red Candles

3 Red Candles

Who created Kwanzaa?

Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Claudette Colvin

Malcolm Little

What does the term Kwanzaa or Kwanza translate to?

Harvest

Last Fruits

Agriculture

First Fruits

When does Kwanzaa end?

December 28th

January 5th

December 25th

January 1st

What does the first day of Kwanzaa represent?

Creativity

Unity

Self-Determination

Faith

Which country celebrates Kwanzaa the most?

Cameroon

Kenya

The United States

Ethiopia

Kwanzaa is originally spelled ‘Kwanza’ in which language?

Nigerian

Somali

Zulu

Swahili

When did Kwanzaa originate?

1916

1966

1986

1936

Which colors are used to celebrate Kwanzaa?

Red, Green and Black

Red, Green and White

Black, Green and Yellow

Red, Black and Yellow

What are traditional gifts given during Kwanzaa centered around?

Learning

Money

Family

Toys

Where are the candles placed during Kwanzaa?

A Kinara

A Candelabrum

Chamberstick

A Menorah

What does an ear of corn symbolize during Kwanzaa?

Fertility

Work

Tradition

The Sun

Which value is not one of the values recognized during Kwanzaa?

Courage

Creativity

Collective Work

Cooperative Economics

What is the feast, held on December 31st, during Kwanzaa called?

Ujima

Umoja

Kujichagulia

Karamu

When does Kwanzaa begin?

January 1st

December 20th

December 26th

It Constantly Changes

What does Kwanzaa celebrate?

American Culture

European Culture

African Culture

Asian Culture

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