Kwanzaa is a beautiful celebration of African culture and history. We’ve put together the ultimate Kwanzaa trivia questions and answers.
There is so much to learn about this fascinating holiday. Our Kwanzaa trivia questions and answers will teach you a lot of history and facts.
It can be a good way to teach your family, friends, or students about the celebration. So are you ready for some fun Kwanzaa trivia? Then in honor of the 46th anniversary of this holiday, here’s a list of 46 Kwanzaa trivia questions and answers.
Related: 40 Christmas Trivia Questions And Answers Kwanzaa Trivia Questions And Answers 1. What language is the word “Kwanzaa”? Reveal Answer Swahili 2. In which U.S. state was Kwanzaa first celebrated? Reveal Answer California 3. How many days does the Kwanzaa celebration last? Reveal Answer 7 4. What is the name of the 2012 documentary about Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer The Black Candle 5. Who narrated this documentary about Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Dr. Maya Angelou 6. The word “Kwanzaa” means what? Reveal Answer First fruits 7. Which three colors are referred to as “the colors of Kwanzaa”? Reveal Answer Red, green, and black 8. Which color represents the rich lands of Africa and symbolizes abundance for the future? Reveal Answer Green 9. Which color represents the unity of African people? Reveal Answer Black 10. Which color represents the struggles of African ancestors? Reveal Answer Red 11. What date does Kwanzaa begin each year? Reveal Answer December 26th 12. What is the date that Kwanzaa ends each year? Reveal Answer January 1st 13. Kwanzaa was established as a holiday in what year? Reveal Answer 1966 14. Which type of food is considered a symbol of Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Corn 15. Each day of the Kwanzaa celebration is dedicated to one of what? Reveal Answer 7 Principles 16. What holiday was Kwanzaa intended to be an alternative to? Reveal Answer Christmas 17. Who is credited with creating the celebration of Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Dr. Maulana Karenga 18. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. What type of holiday is it? Reveal Answer A cultural holiday 19. What Black nationalist organization did Dr. Maulanga Karenga establish? Reveal Answer US Organization 20. Who is the famous talk show host and actress who celebrates Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Oprah Winfrey 21. What is the phrase used to greet someone properly during Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Habari Gani 22. What is the name of the candelabra used during Kwanzaa celebrations? Reveal Answer Kinara 23. How many branches does the candelabra used during Kwanzaa have? Reveal Answer 7 24. The candelabra holds candles in all three colors of Kwanzaa. Which color is there only one candle of? Reveal Answer Black 25. In what year did the U.S. Postal Service issue the first Kwanzaa postage stamp? Reveal Answer 1997 26. How many Kwanzaa postage stamps were produced during its first year? Reveal Answer 133 million 27. Who is the self-taught artist who designed the first ever Kwanzaa stamp? Reveal Answer Synthia Saint James 28. What was Dr. Maulana Karenga’s intention when creating Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Unity of African Americans 29. Which U.S. President was the first to make a declaration about the celebration of Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Bill Clinton 30. What time of day do you light the candles on the Kinara? Reveal Answer After sundown 31. Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in response to what? Reveal Answer The Watts riots 32. The U.S. Organization was considered a rival to which other black nationalist group? Reveal Answer Black Panther Party 33. What is the name of the cup that is a symbol of Kwanzaa and is used on the 7th day of the celebration? Reveal Answer The unity cup 34. Which U.S. city hosts the “Spirit of Kwanzaa” festival each year? Reveal Answer Washington, D.C. 35. What is the phrase for the seven principles in Swahili? Reveal Answer Nguzo saba 36. What percentage of Americans celebrate Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer 4% 37. What is the colorful traditional African shirt that men will typically wear during Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Kente 38. What is the name of the colorful shawl typically worn by women during Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Shaftan 39. Drinking from the unity cup is a way to honor who? Reveal Answer Ancestors 40. What is the Swahili word for “unity”? Reveal Answer Umoja 41. What is the name of the Zulu first fruits festival that inspired Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Umkhosi 42. In what country is Kwanzaa primarily celebrated? Reveal Answer The United States 43. Collard greens are one of the dishes commonly eaten during Kwanzaa. What does it symbolize? Reveal Answer Good fortune 44. Dr. Maulana Karenga was born under a different name. What is the name he was given at birth? Reveal Answer Ronald McKinley Everett 45. In what year was the first Kwanzaa Hallmark card sold? Reveal Answer 1992 46. What is the Swahili word which means “Let’s pull together” and is often used during Kwanzaa? Reveal Answer Harambee