Pan-African Holiday Celebration of Kwanzaa and Genna ( Ethiopian Christmas ) Launches on December 26th
Washington DC ( Little Ethiopia )-The 13th Anniversary of the Pan-African Holiday Celebration of Kwanzaa and Genna ( Ethiopian Christmas ) will be launched on December 26, 2017 in the Washington D.C. Metro Region. The African Heritage Dancers/Drummers and Little Ethiopia DC will jointly celebrate the 13th Annual Kwanzaa – (Kwanzaa-a week-long celebration created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to strengthen Pan-African culture and community ) – and Genna – ( the early celebration of Ethiopian Christmas that is celebrated on January 7th.
“The upcoming Pan-African Holiday Celebration of Kwanzaa/ Genna celebration will proactively highlight the shared African Heritage of both the African-American and the Ethiopian communities who have had over 200 years of relationship that began at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, New York in 1808.
“The ‘People To People- A Shared African Heritage’ celebration will present performances and ceremonies by the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers and guests including candle lighting, Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, libation Ceremonies and many African Traditional dance.
This unique, historical celebration of two great landmarks will also recognize Father Melvin Deal, the Founding Director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers’ commitment to the African-American children for over 60 years, by encouraging the young people of Ward 7 and 8 to develop more positive self esteem as well as cultural knowledge by teaching them African Drumming and Dancing and the folkloric culture of Africa.
Little Ethiopia Magazine will post the details of the event and the location as it is available to the public.